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This summer it’s easier than ever to find out which beaches are safe for swimming. Follow @WDGBeachTesting or visit our Beaches web page to see the latest testing results. Updates will be posted every Wednesday and Friday afternoon by 4:30 p.m. until Labour Day weekend.

Public Health tests the following beaches in Wellington and Dufferin counties and the city of Guelph: 

  • Belwood Quarry
  • Elora Quarry
  • Guelph Lake (Main Beach and Pit)
  • Lake Conestogo (Mapleton)
  • Orangeville – Island Lake Park
  • Orangeville – Monora Park
  • Puslinch – Emerald Lake
  • Rockwood Conservation

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You may have heard about recently publicized results of radon testing carried out across Canada. Diagram of how radon gets into your house

Radon is a naturally occurring gas that can seep into your home from soil, rock, and groundwater. It’s also the second leading cause of lung cancer after smoking.

The only way to know if the level of radon in your home is at a dangerous level is to test. Each home is different. If your neighbours have high (or low) radon levels, it doesn’t mean your home will be the same.

The best time to test is during the colder months, when windows are shut.

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Ontario is protecting young people from skin cancer. Starting May 1, 2014, the Skin Cancer Prevention Act prohibits youth under the age of 18 from using tanning beds. It also includes new rules about:

  • Marketing to youth
  • Signage requirements
  • Proof of age identification
  • Protective eyewear
  • Tanning without an attendant

Public Health will enforce these new rules. If you have a concern about a tanning service location, call us at 1-800-265-7293 ext. 4753.

Learn about the negative health effects of tanning beds.

Emergency Preparedness Week is an annual event that takes place during the first full week of May. Are you and your family ready for an emergency? Emergency Preparedness Week logo

Find out:

Visit Public Health at the following community event:

  • Emergency Preparedness Day (Guelph) at the West End Community Centre, 21 Imperial Rd. S. on Wednesday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.