52 Weeks to Health: Week 26, Tips for Firework Safety

Firework Safety Tips Below are fireworks safety tips: Obey all local laws regarding the use of fireworks. Know your fireworks; read the cautionary labels and performance descriptions before igniting. A responsible adult SHOULD supervise all firework activities.  Never give fireworks to children. Alcohol and fireworks do not mix.  Save your alcohol for after the show. Wear safety glasses when shooting fireworks. Light one firework at a time and then quickly move away. Use fireworks OUTDOORS in a clear area; away from buildings and vehicles. Never relight a “dud” firework.  Wait 20 minutes and then soak it in a bucket of […]

KALBOH Statewide Board of Health Meeting Scheduled for Wednesday July 17, 2019

There will be a statewide meeting of the Kentucky Association of Local Boards of Health (KALBOH) on Wednesday, July 17, 2019, from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm EST. The physical location of the meeting will be at the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office located at 974 River Bend Road, Frankfort, Kentucky. The meeting will be broadcast live via Zoom.  Use the form below to sign up for the live remote broadcast. You will be emailed a link to the meeting about 30 minutes prior to its start time. Or, you may click a link from this page which will be added about […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 25, Scoliosis Awareness

June is Scoliosis Awareness Month Scoliosis is a musculoskeletal disorder in which there is a sideways curvature of the spine, or back.  People of all ages can have scoliosis, but adolescent idiopathic scoliosis (scoliosis of unknown cause) is the most common type and typically occurs after the age of 10. Girls are more likely than boys to have this type of scoliosis. Because scoliosis can run in families, a child who has a parent, brother, or sister with idiopathic scoliosis should be checked regularly for scoliosis by the family doctor.   An x ray of the spine can confirm the diagnosis of […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 24, Lightning Safety

When Thunder Roars, Go Indoors! Sources: National Weather Service ( and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration ( Lightning kills over 50 people in the U.S. each year. But deaths are only part of the lightning story. Only about 10% of those struck are killed; 90% survive. However, many of the survivors suffer devastating life-long injuries. These injuries are primarily neurological, with a wide range of symptoms, and are very difficult to diagnose. Lightning also causes over $5 billion of economic loss each year in the U.S. from fires and other property destruction. Lightning strike frequencies are highest in the Southeast, […]

52 Weeks to Health: Week 23, Men’s Health Month

Celebrate National Men’s Health Month Take action to be healthy and safe and encourage men and boys in your life to make their health a priority. Get Good Sleep Adults need between 7-9 hours of sleep. Insufficient sleep is associated with a number of chronic diseases and conditions, such as diabetes, cardiovascular disease, obesity, and depression. Also, poor sleep is responsible for motor vehicle and machinery-related accidents. Toss out the Tobacco It’s never too late to quit. Quitting smoking has immediate and long-term benefits. It improves your health and lowers your risk of heart disease, cancer, lung disease, and other smoking-related […]

Notice of Second Reading of Mandatory Food Employee Certification and copy of Final Draft of LCDHD Food Employee Certification

The Lake Cumberland District Board of Health will be having a second reading of the mandatory Food Employee Certification and will be open to public comment at the Russell Co. Health Department located at 211 Fruit of the Loom Drive, Jamestown, KY 42629, at 7pm EST/6pm CST on Tuesday June, 25, 2019. A copy of the regulation is available for review at the Pulaski Co. Health Department, 45 Roberts St., Somerset, KY 42501. The draft regulation can also be found by clicking this link:  LCDHD food cert reg revised 2-26-19 _1_.

Advisory has been lifted 5.30.19 12:19pm: Pulaski County/Somerset Area Boil Water Advisory

This advisory has been lifted 5.30.19 at 12:19pm. A BOIL WATER ADVISORY is in effect for portions of  Pulaski County in the Somerset Area.  There has been a water line break in the Oak Hill Road area. Crews are working on the problem and more information will be released as soon as possible. Please share if you live in the area. Follow at City of Somerset. For additional guidance: Food Service Establishment/Restaurant Boil Water Guidelines Public Guidelines How to Disinfect Water

52 Weeks to Health: Week 22, Teen Pregnancy

May is National Teen Pregnancy Prevention Month The teen birth rate has been steadily falling for years, but it still remains the highest teen pregnancy rate in the industrialized countries. About eighty-five percent of these pregnancies are unplanned, which in any population can increase the risk for problems. The biggest risk for teen mothers is delaying prenatal care or worse, about seven percent received no care at all. The Rates of Teen Pregnancy There were just under a quarter million pregnancies in women ages fifteen to nineteen in 2014, the most recent year for which we have data. This is a […]