09 Feb / 2017
Herriman Community, we have heard concerns regarding billing statements on Xpress Bill Pay that reflect a previous balance due. We have been in contact with them and they are creating a solution. They are working to void any automated payments that are reflecting a previous balance and process the automated payments with the correct amount. We appreciate your patience as we work with them on resolving the issue. If you have any additional questions regarding your bill, please contact our office. Thank you.
07 Feb / 2017
IS THERE A SILENT KILLER LURKING IN YOUR HOME?
According to the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, high radon levels can be found in 30% of Utah homes.
What is Radon?
Radon is a cancer-causing, radioactive gas. Due to its radioactivity, it is considered a health hazard. Radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States, responsible for roughly 20,000 deaths each year.
Where is it Found?
Radon is a colorless, odorless and tasteless gas found in the atmosphere. Due to being heavier and more dense than air, it tends to accumulate in buildings, including homes, and particularly basements. It is generated from the natural breakdown of uranium in soil, rocks and water which travels through the air. It then can enter your home through cracks in the floors, construction joints, wall cracks, gaps in suspended floors, gaps around service pipes, cavities inside walls, and sometimes even the water supply.
How Can it be Removed/Reduced?
Radon testing is one of first steps in tackling the threat. Radon kits include a test that collects air over a period of days that will give a reading of the radon levels. The Environmental Protection Agency action level is 4.0. If the readings are high, it is time for the homeowner to begin mitigating the problem. A mitigation system works by boring a hole in the basement concrete and adding a suction pump to pull the gases to the outside. The mitigation system not only vents the radon, it reduces air particles and mold.
For more information on radon testing, or to obtain a radon kit, visit radon.utah.gov
View the presentation given by Eleanor Divver with the Division of Environmental Quality here.
January 30, 2017
SALT LAKE COUNTY, Utah – As the inversion builds within the Salt Lake Valley, reducing carbon emissions becomes the focus. Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District (WFWRD) is doing its part for the environment and community by using compressed natural gas (CNG) for their entire fleet of residential collection trucks rather than diesel fuel.
WFWRD completed the five-year transition of their fleet of 46 residential collection vehicles in August of 2016. “We service over 82,000 homes every week. This equates to over 1.3 million miles every year,” states Mike Allan, WFWRD Deputy Director over Operations. “By using CNG vehicles, we can dramatically reduce the negative impact to our environment.” According to Natural Gas Vehicles of America, CNG vehicles emit 20%-29% fewer greenhouse gas emissions than comparable gasoline or diesel fueled vehicles[i]. This means that on an annual basis WFWRD is saving approximately 4,000 tons of carbon dioxide pollution by using CNG fuel.
Switching to CNG vehicles also works from a financial aspect. Craig Tischner, Herriman City Councilman and current Chair for WFWRD’s Administrative Control Board states, “We are committed to being accountable to our community to provide collection services in a healthy and safe manner. This inspired the District to move to an entirely CNG fleet for its collection vehicles. The past two years have shown a savings of approximately $780,000 in fuel costs since we started using CNG trucks. CNG fuel is less expensive than diesel fuel.” These efforts help WFWRD accomplish its goals in both financial and environmental stewardship.
Wasatch Front Waste & Recycling District proudly serves the Copperton, Emigration, Kearns, Magna and White City Metro Townships; the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Herriman, Holladay, Millcreek, Taylorsville, and portions of Murray and Sandy; and the unincorporated areas of Salt Lake County.
High Blood Pressure Diagnosis Inaccurate at Least 50% of the Time
New website educates clinics and patients about correct blood pressure measurement techniques
SALT LAKE COUNTY—Most patients visiting their local clinic are unaware there’s a 50% chance their blood pressure measurement is inaccurate. Today, the Utah Million Hearts Coalition introduced a new website to help patients and providers alike: CheckMyPressure.org offers information and tools to help patients understand why accurate blood pressure assessment is so critical and how they can help ensure blood pressure measurement is accurate.
A 2016 study from the Journal of Clinical Hypertension found that in-office blood pressure measurements were inaccurate more often than not, either causing the misdiagnosis of hypertension (resulting in the inappropriate administration of medication) or causing patients at-risk for stroke and heart problems to go without necessary intervention or treatment.
“Patients need to take their health into their own hands,” said Anni McKinnon, Utah Million Hearts Coalition member. “Learn how blood pressure should be measured. Speak up when your blood pressure is not taken correctly and help your provider get an accurate measurement and, subsequently, an accurate diagnosis.”
Patients can take the following steps to help ensure a correct blood pressure measurement:
- 1. Thirty minutes prior to taking your blood pressure, do not drink caffeine or alcohol, use tobacco products, exercise or feel stressed, or anxious.
- 2. Sit and relax for five minutes before taking your blood pressure.
- 3. Sit up straight with both feet flat on the floor and your back supported.
- 4. The cuff should be the proper size and placed on your bare arm or over thin clothing.
- 5. Your arm should be at heart level and supported.
- 6. If your reading is high, your blood pressure should be taken two more times, waiting one minute between readings.
Even when blood pressure measuring techniques are correct, some patients experience a “white-coat effect” and exhibit high blood pressure in-office.
“About 30% of patients with elevated in-office blood pressure turn out to have normal out-of-office measurements,” continued McKinnon, “so home monitoring is also important in some cases.”
Health officials remind patients that they can also help control their risks for cardiovascular disease by managing their weight, engaging in regular physical activity, controlling blood pressure and cholesterol, and not using tobacco products.
CheckMyPressure.org also includes tips for health care providers on how to correctly measure blood pressure.
In 2016, the Utah Million Hearts Coalition recognized 13 Utah medical clinics for their commitment to achieving excellence in blood pressure measurement and hypertension control.
The Utah Million Hearts Coalition is a community collaboration among Utah’s public health departments, local health care organizations, professional medical associations, and health-related nonprofit organizations. For more information about the coalition, visit healthinsight.org/bloodpressure