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Driveway Permits Revised (From DPW Engineering Division)
Driveway Permits are required for all driveway work connecting to Town roadways. We have revised the Driveway Opening Permit Application form and rules. Modular driveway materials (pavers, bricks, cobbles, etc.) are now allowed within 12 inches of a public roadway surface. See the new permit and detail for more information.
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StarStarStarPotassium Iodide Tablet Availability (From Health Department)
2013-08-29 to 2020-08-31
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.
StarStarStarStarStarWEST NILE VIRUS NOTICE (From Health Department)
2014-09-05 to 2014-12-01
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 http://www.mass.gov/dph/wnv
StarStarStar Free Flu Clinic-All Residents (From Health Department)
2014-10-03 to 2014-10-30
A free flu clinic for the public is scheduled for thursday, October 30, 2014, at the Gus Canty Recreation Center, 790 East Main Street, from 3:00 PM to 6 PM. This clinic is for everyone 6 months and older. This is a free clinic and insurance is not required, but if you have health insurance or Medicare part B, please bring your health or medical insurance information with you to the clinic to complete the consent form. Please refer to the "HEALTH DEPARTMENT LINKS" section located at the bottom of the Health Dept. home page to view adult and child flu vaccine consent forms.
StarStarStarPermit Required to Rent Residential Property-Attention Landlords (From Health Department)
2011-12-31 to 2014-07-01
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.
StarMosquito alert! (From Health Department)
2012-08-13 to 2014-11-30
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.