Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas. Radon may be present in both soil and water. Soil is the most common source of radon in your home. Well water that contains radon may increase the level of radon in a home. Activities—like taking showers, doing laundry, or running the dishwasher—can release radon into the air.
Arsenic is a natural element found in some rocks and soils in Vermont and may get into groundwater.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, or COPD, refers to a group of diseases that cause airflow blockage and breathing-related problems, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
How are we doing at promoting policies that ensure Vermonters can grow up, live and work in a healthy environment?
The Center for Health Statistics conducts surveillance of cancer among Vermonters and creates data products to assist in making data driven decisions for cancer prevention and control.
The Vermont Tick Tracker is a crowd-sourced tool that allows anyone to contribute to our understanding of ticks in Vermont.
Not all Vermont bays, lakes, and ponds are monitored. Be aware of changing conditions, and keep out of the water if you think cyanobacteria may be present. Check recent reports on lake conditions and season summaries. To find out if a beach or swim area is open, call the beach manager.
Smoking and radon are the leading causes of lung cancer. If you smoke and your home has high levels of radon, your risk of getting lung cancer is especially high.
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Understanding our community-level vulnerabilities can help us all prepare for emergencies like floods and heat waves.