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We're asking Forest, Oneida, and Vilas county residents to  participate in this year’s Community Health Assessment!

County health officials are asking you to provide input on various health related topics in order to help make county health programming decisions and to aid in creating a Community Health Plan. 

Responses will be anonymous and people who respond will be able to register for drawings for gift certificates after completing the survey.  Once complete, results will be shared with the public.  For questions about the Community Health Assessment, please contact Vilas County Health Department at 715-479-3656.  

Surveys are available below by using the QR Code or clicking on the link bleow:

Click here to complete the survey online.


Lead May be a Hazard in Some Holiday Toys and Toy Jewelry



Many children get toys and toy jewelry as gifts during the holiday season but some toys may contain lead.  Lead cannot be seen and has no smell.  Children may be in contact with lead by just normal handing of toys.  They can also come into contact with lead by putting toys and their fingers into their mouth. 

Typically, imported toys, antique toys and toy jewelry will contain lead.  To lower your child's chance of contacting lead, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issues recalls of toys that could potentially contain lead.  Learn more at the CDC Lead website.


Are you Ready for Winter?

Some cold weather dangers are easier to see than others.  Sometimes you might not even think it's very cold, but a cold-related illness or injury can still harm you.  So when you work in the cold, be prepared and be aware.


One of the biggest dangers from working in the cold can be the hardest to recognize. Hypothermia happens when your body temperature drops below 95° F. Mild hypothermia can make you feel confused. Being too cold can also cloud your judgment.

Early symptoms of hypothermia include:

  • Shivering,
  • Feeling tired,
  • Loss of coordination, and
  • Confusion.

As your body loses more heat, the shivering will stop, your skin may turn blue, the pupils of your eye will dilate, your pulse and breathing will slow, and you will lose consciousness.


Many parts of the body are prone to frostbite, including your fingers, toes, nose, and ears. Frostbite happens when a part of the body freezes, and damaging the tissue. If the tissue can't be saved, the body part may need to be removed to prevent even worse health problems.

Warning signs of frostbite include:

  • Numbness or tingling,
  • Stinging, or pain on or near the affected body part.

If the temperature and or the wind shield are at dangerous levels, do not go outside if you do not have to. 

Avoid hyperthermia and frostbite by being aware of the weather and wear the right clothing for the weather, such as:

  • Several layers of loose clothing,
  • Warm gloves and hats
  • Waterproof and Insulated shoes.

The colder it is, the faster hypothermia and frostbite can set in and so you shouldn't stay in the cold any longer than you needed.

Here is more information: Cold Weather Stress Fact Sheet

Other tips to help you prepare for the winter months, such as winterizing your home, car safety and emergencies, can be found here:  Be Prepared to Stay Safe and Healthy in Winter


Keep your family safe with working smoke alarms!

Did you know that almost half of home fire deaths are from fires reported between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., when most people are asleep?

Smoke alarms save lives. If there is a fire in your home, smoke spreads fast and you need smoke alarms to give you time to get out. Having a working smoke alarm cuts the chances of dying in a reported fire in half!

Also make sure you have a fire escape plan in place and that family members know it.  Here are some tips: Escape Planning Tip Sheet

For more informaiton on preventing fires in your home, visit: 


Ebola Information

For up-to-date information from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) regarding Ebola, click here.

Source: CDC