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December is National Impaired Driving Prevention Month

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department reminds you to celebrate safely this holiday season. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), within the U.S. Department of Transportation, with the White House’s Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service’s Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration stand with all those who have known the tragic consequences of drugged or drunk driving, and we rededicate ourselves to preventing it this December and throughout the year.

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The Ridgewood Health Department : Managing Holiday Stress

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Ridgewood NJ, In Great Britain the word “holiday” has the same meaning as vacation. Many Americans would find this comparison laughable. For most of us, the holidays come with our own “to-do” lists. The Ridgewood Health Department and The Cleveland Clinic offer these helpful tips.

Too often we take holiday stress for granted. What’s worse, we often have higher expectations for this season than for any other time of the year. Planning for the holidays can leave us feeling impatient, cranky, and — in some cases — depressed. When the realities of day-to-day life conflict with our efforts to make the holiday season perfect, stress results.

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Mushroom Poisonings Up in the Garden State

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department joins with the New Jersey Poison Control Center in warning you about the dangers of picking and eating wild mushrooms.
“Picking and eating mushrooms growing in gardens, on lawns, in fields or in the woods is a dangerous game,” says Diane Calello, MD, NJ Poison Control Center Executive and Medical Director, Rutgers NJ Medical School’s Department of Emergency Medicine. “Even experienced mushroom pickers are fooled by toxic look-a-likes at times.”

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The Ridgewood Health Department Don’t Let Bedbugs Ruin your Vacation

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June 21,2018

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Ridgewood NJ, The Ridgewood Health Department reminds you that some vacation memories are better left behind – bed bugs, for example. Consumer Reports’ experts explain simple ways to check for signs of bed bugs in your hotel room and what to do if you spot them. With thousands of travelers passing through their doors, it’s inevitable that hotel rooms are prone to bed bug infestations. Even luxury hotels are susceptible to these unwelcome guests. To protect yourself from infestation, you should always check for bed bugs in hotel rooms.

When you enter a room, don’t unpack. Bring your luggage to a clean bathtub or a rack that will keep it off the floor until you have inspected the room.
Grab some tools to inspect the bed: a flashlight (or even the flashlight app on your phone) and a credit card will do the trick.

Pull the blanket and linens off the bed. Start with the corners, where bed bugs like to hide. You’re looking for bugs or dark brown blood spots. Check for bed bugs in the corners of the bed. For your reference, bed bugs are tiny—about 4 mm long.

Peel back all of the blankets and sheets from the corner, until you can see the mattress. Closely examine the folds and seams in the corner of the mattress for signs of bed bugs. Use a credit card to get underneath the folds of the mattress, where bed bugs love to hide, and closely examine the darker hiding spots with a flashlight.

To be thorough, check all four corners of the mattress—not just one. Remove the cover completely and check the surface of the sheets. Again, you’ll be looking for small brown spots and dried blood or bugs themselves.
Check any upholstered furniture for signs of bed bugs. They like to hide in dark places, so check the seams and folds of the furniture. Similarly, check the curtains.

Look behind the headboard and in any grooves on the headboard or nightstand. Shine the flashlight in the dark area and look for fleeing bugs.
If you do find bed bugs, leave immediately. And if nothing comes up in your search, rest assured that you can sleep unbothered.