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Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms Aug 24, 2011 3108-7021
Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms – Frozen Foods Sep 1, 2011 3108-7023
Food Safety Infosheet: Be Ready for Storms–Refrigerated Foods Sep 1, 2011 3108-7024
Food Safety Infosheet: Recovering From a Storm– Flooding Sep 1, 2011 3108-7022
How Housing Matters A home without mold is a healthy home Feb 14, 2012 FCS-3
How Housing Matters: Asthma Allergens Sep 10, 2012 FCS-14NP
How Housing Matters: Household Hazardous Products Jan 25, 2012 FCS-2
How Housing Matters: Indoor Air Quality Sep 14, 2012 FCS-18NP
How Housing Matters; Eliminate radon for a healthy home

The federal government banned lead-based paint in 1978. Before 1950,
lead-based paint was very common. Generally, the older the home, the
more likely it is to have lead-based paint.

Jun 1, 2012 FCS-10
How Housing Matters; Lead-safe housing is healthy housing

The federal government banned lead-based paint in 1978. Before 1950,
lead-based paint was very common. Generally, the older the home, the
more likely it is to have lead-based paint.

May 2, 2012 FCS-9
Learning to Live with Coyotes in Metropolitan Areas May 1, 2009 420-050
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 2, Issue 1 Apr 24, 2013 370-101
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 4, Issue 1 Apr 24, 2013 370-103
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 5, Issue 1 Apr 24, 2013 370-104
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 1 Apr 24, 2013 370-105
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 6, Issue 2 Apr 23, 2013 370-106
Living Well Newsletter, Volume 8, Issue 1 Apr 17, 2013 FCS-15P
Mold Basics

Why is Mold an Issue Today?

We have always had mold – so why has it become such an issue today? Why do we read about mold in the media, or hear about mold litigation in the courts, or worry about mold affecting our health? There are many different reasons to consider.

May 1, 2009 2901-7019
Mold Prevention

Can We Really Prevent Mold Growth?

Molds are everywhere in the environment. They are a natural part of the ecosystem and we can not eliminate them completely. The problem is when there is an excess of mold growth in our buildings and the mold growth damages building materials or threatens our health. To prevent mold problems in our homes, we need to understand how mold grows and to learn to control the conditions that lead to mold growth.

May 1, 2009 2901-7020
Mold Remediation

Help! I Think I Have Mold! What Can I Do?

Molds are natural, common, and typical in the environment. They are actually an important part of our ecosystem as they help decompose dead organic matter. However, we do not want an excess of mold growing in our homes, decomposing the structure and damaging our possessions.

May 1, 2009 2901-7021
Poison Ivy: Leaves of three? Let it be!

Those who experience the blisters, swelling, and extreme itching that result from contact with poison ivy (Toxicodendron radicans), poison oak (Toxicodendron pubescens), or poison sumac (Toxicodendron vernix) learn to avoid these pesky plants. Although poison oak and poison sumac do grow in Virginia, poison ivy is by far the most common. This publication will help you identify poison ivy, recognize the symptoms of a poison ivy encounter, and control poison ivy around your home.

May 1, 2009 426-109
Preparing for an Emergency: The Smart Thing to Do

Preparing for emergencies is not new.  Your grandparents probably have extra supplies, such as: soap and shampoo in the bathroom closets, onions and potatoes stored in the basement, and canned goods on pantry shelves in their home.  They understood the value of having a little extra on hand in case of emergencies.

May 26, 2011 3104-1590
Rabies: Its Ecology, Control, and Treatment May 1, 2009 420-036
Virginia Firescapes: Firewise Landscaping for Woodland Homes
In Virginia, one of every three forest fires now threatens at least one woodland home. Forest fires damaged 98 structures in 1995 and 40 in 1996.

When the forest becomes a community, forest fires and homes are inseparable.

A home in a woodland setting is surrounded by flammable vegetation. Firewise landscaping can help you create a defensible space or buffer zone around your home. This not only helps to keep fire from approaching your woodland home, but it also provides a safe space in which firefighters can work.

Your goal in firewise landscaping should be to "break the chain" of fuel between homes and natural vegetation. Examine the yard and determine what can catch fire and what can carry fire to the house.

May 1, 2009 430-300