Jan. 18, 2019

Radon – Is Your Home Safe?

 
An estimated 40 percent of Pennsylvania homes have higher levels of radon than national safety standards, due to the state’s geology. However, residents can perform a simple test to detect this gas, which is considered the second leading cause of lung cancer.

Radon is an odorless, colorless radioactive gas that occurs naturally from the breakdown of uranium in soil and rocks and enters homes through cracks in the foundation or other openings. High levels of radon tend to be found in basements, but the gas can be found anywhere in the home.

Winter is a good time to test for radon, because doors and windows are generally closed, providing more accurate results. Simple radon test kits are inexpensive and available at home improvement and hardware stores.

January is national Radon Action Month. For more information on radon in the home, click here.
 
 
Stay Safe During Winter Weather

In preparation for the upcoming storm predicted by forecasters, Pennsylvania Emergency Management Agency (PEMA) offers some commonsense tips to help you and your loved ones stay safe on the roads and in your homes during winter weather emergencies.

Please take some time to look at and follow these simple suggestions to ensure you and your loved ones remain safe during severe winter weather conditions.
                                    
 
Increasing Access to Life-Saving Medication

As the spring semester gets underway at colleges and universities across the state, students with known or unknown food allergies could have an extra layer of protection in the event of an allergic reaction.

Act 93 of 2018 authorizes colleges and universities to have non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors on hand in case of an emergency. The law also applies to law enforcement agencies, summer camps, restaurants, amusement parks, sports facilities and other facilities to carry non-patient specific epinephrine auto-injectors

With food allergies becoming more prevalent in our society, increasing access to life-saving medication is more important than ever.

Experts estimate 1 in 13 children in the United States have food allergies and allergic reactions result in 90,000 emergency room visits and approximately 1,500 deaths annually.
                                                       
 
PennDOT Driver License, Photo Centers Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

 
All PennDOT driver license and photo centers, including the full-service center in Harrisburg, will be closed Saturday, January 19, through Monday, January 21, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Customers may still obtain a variety of driver and vehicle products and services, including all forms, publications and driver training manuals, online through PennDOT’s Driver and Vehicle Services website, dmv.pa.gov.
                                     
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