Health Department

Health AgentDavid Carignan
Assistant Health AgentScott McGann
LocationFalmouth Town Hall
59 Town Hall Square
Falmouth, MA 02540
E-Mail Address
Meeting ScheduleUsually Every Other Monday at 7:00 p.m. Please call our office to verify. (Our Meetings are in the Town Hall Civil Defense Room in the basement)
Agenda from 11/24/2014
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StarStarStarPotassium Iodide Tablet Availability
08/29/2013 to 08/31/2020
Free potassium iodide tablets are available to the public at the Town Clerk's office in Town Hall during regular business hours. Store tablets properly. The potassium iodide tablets available now will expire in the year 2020. Please go to Health Department page and click on links, then click on "Potassium Iodide" for additional information.
09/05/2014 to 12/01/2014
West Nile Virus Confirmed in Mosquitoes from Falmouth
DATE: September 5, 2014
CONTACT: Falmouth Health Department David Carignan/ Scott McGann 508 495 7485
Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project 508 775-1510

The Massachusetts Department of Public Health (MDPH) announced today that West Nile virus (WNV) has been detected in a mosquito collected in Falmouth, Massachusetts from a routine sampling site the area of Woods Hole Rd. The positive mosquito was collected from the site between September 2nd and 3rd.

The area around the sampling site was treated by Cape Cod Mosquito Control Project (CCMCP) last week as part of routine control measures. A CCMCP crew will be in that area on September 5th to reevaluate/ treat the area.

The positive mosquito was of the Culex variety, which typically breeds in shallow man-made items that collect water.

WNV is most commonly transmitted to humans by the bite of an infected mosquito. The mosquitoes that carry this virus are common throughout the state, and are found in urban as well as more rural areas. While WNV can infect people of all ages, people over the age of 50 are at higher risk for severe infection.

By taking a few, common-sense precautions, people can help to protect themselves and their loved ones:

Avoid Mosquito Bites
  • Be Aware of Peak Mosquito Hours - The hours from dusk to dawn are peak biting times for many mosquitoes. Consider rescheduling outdoor activities that occur during evening or early morning. If you are outdoors at any time and notice mosquitoes around you, take steps to avoid being bitten by moving indoors, covering up and/or wearing repellant.
  • Clothing Can Help reduce mosquito bites. Although it may be difficult to do when its hot, wearing long-sleeves, long pants and socks when outdoors will help keep mosquitoes away from your skin.
  • Apply Insect Repellent when you go outdoors. Use a repellent with DEET (N, N-diethyl-m-toluamide), permethrin, picaridin (KBR 3023), IR3535 or oil of lemon eucalyptus [p-methane 3, 8-diol (PMD)] according to the instructions on the product label. DEET products should not be used on infants under two months of age and should be used in concentrations of 30% or less on older children. Oil of lemon eucalyptus should not be used on children under three years of age. Permethrin products are intended for use on items such as clothing, shoes, bed nets and camping gear and should not be applied to skin.
Mosquito-Proof Your Home
  • Drain Standing Water Many mosquitoes lay their eggs in standing water. Limit the number of places around your home for mosquitoes to breed by either draining or getting rid of items that hold water. Check rain gutters and drains. Empty any unused flowerpots and wading pools, and change water in birdbaths frequently.
  • Install or Repair Screens - Some mosquitoes like to come indoors. Keep them outside by having tightly-fitting screens on all of your windows and doors.
Information about WNV and reports of current and historical WNV virus activity in Massachusetts can be found on the MDPH website at
StarResidents on well water
09/02/2010 to 12/31/2014
Please see "Hurricane Preparedness" on the Town home page under the heading, "Important Information-Storm Preparation". In addition to having plenty of drinking water available for your family(stored in clean and sealed containers:original consumer packaging, if possible, for drinking and oral hygiene)for the expected duration of the event, be sure to have additional water on hand to flush toilets and perform simple personal hygiene and food utensil washing operations while your well and pump are without electricity. Water reserved for toilet flushing does not need to be of the highest quality and can be stored in a bath tub or other large vessel. Water for dishwashing and hygiene must be of a very high quality and should be stored in clean and secure containers. Use 1/3 cup of bleach to five gallons of water to make a sanitizing solution for a final rinse for your food contact items. Immerse previously washed and clear-water rinsed items in this sanitizing solution for one minute then air dry. Please be aware that if electric service is interrupted, it may not be restored in some areas of town for an extended period after a storm has passed. Stockpile food, water and supplies accordingly.If drinking water quality is uncertain, boil 5 minutes before using.
StarStarStarPermit Required to Rent Residential Property-Attention Landlords
12/31/2011 to 07/01/2014
Chapter 172 of the Code of Falmouth Regulations requires owners of residential rental property to obtain an annual permit from the Health Department in order to rent or lease dwelling units. The permit must be displayed within the premises. Please refer to the 'Links' section of the Health Department page to view/print a 'Rental Application'. The permit fee is $25 annually.
StarSharps Disposal
05/31/2012 to 01/01/2017
The Town of Falmouth provides a sharps disposal container drop-off receptacle and free replacement sharps disposal containers at the Fire Department main entrance lobby from 8 AM to 4 PM. The public may also obtain replacement sharps containers at the Health Department during regular business hours. Please handle sharps safely and use approved containers.
StarMosquito alert!
08/13/2012 to 11/30/2014
West Nile Virus was detected in mosquitos captured in a pool of water in Marstons Mills in September. Mosquitos are able to breed in puddles and containers or small objects that collect rain water. Please be advised that residents should perform regular inspections of outdoor areas under their control to eliminate all standing water. This includes removing water from toys, tools, equipment and other objects that may catch rain water and taking actions to prevent water from collecting. Mosquitos are able to breed in these small pools of water until the winter.
StarStarStar2011 Food Service Permit Renewals
Food service permits expire on the 31st of December of each year. Please renew your permit using the following attachments under the links section of this webpage- workers compensation form, food service permit application and the permit renewal letter. Mail the completed forms along with the following -appropriate fee (refer to the permit renewal letter for fees), copies of your current food manager certifications (if required) and a copy of your workers compensation policy.

Jared Goldstone, Chairperson
Gail A. Harkness
George Heufelder
Stephen Rafferty
John Waterbury

Robyn L. Hendricks
Administrative Assistant

Mission of the Health Department
Protect the public health by regulating food service establishments, public and semi-public pools and recreational water bodies, approving septic system designs, issuing septic permits and inspecting installations, regulating the construction and abandonment of water wells, licensing recreational camps and motels. Also, following up on environmental or hazardous materials complaints. The Health Department is also a depot for the distribution of vaccines to local health care providers under the State vaccine program as well as the lead agency in communicable disease outbreak investigations.


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