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We provide free car seat checks for the public to ensure that the car seats are installed properly. Our staff are Nationally Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians. Call us at 301-600-3326 to request a car seat check.
For more information, please check out Safe Kids Frederick County
What if it’s your pet that bites someone? The best thing to do is to share your name and phone number so that if the person bitten goes to have the bite checked, Animal Control can make sure your pet is healthy and vaccinated. If you don’t want to share your information, another option is to report the bite to the Health Department directly and we can match it up to the bite reports that come in.
The big question - What happens to my pet now, are they in trouble? No, they are not in “trouble” but the Health Department does need to make sure they are healthy and vaccinated for rabies. Your pet will be put on a 10 day quarantine that you can do at home. The pet can play with family members and go out in the yard, but must be on a leash or within a fenced area; public activities should be postponed. They will also need to go to the vet to make sure they are healthy and the vet will complete a form that gets turned in; if the pet’s rabies vaccine is not up to date they will need to get one.
If you have questions or don’t know what to do, give us a call 301-600-1717.
Burn permits may be applied for online as well as in person at the Frederick County Health Department. More information regarding burn permits can be obtained by calling 301-600-1717.
Deer located along a county road will be removed by the County Highway Authority. Deer located along a state road will be removed by the State Highway Administration. Disposal of dead deer located on private property is the responsibility of the property owner.
Complaints within the city limits of Frederick are handled by the City of Frederick’s Code Enforcement Office. They can be reached at 301-600-3825. Complaints within the town limits of Thurmont, Emmitsburg, Brunswick, and Walkersville are handled by each town office.
There is no tall grass ordinance currently for Frederick County. Tall grass complaints due to dry weather conditions should be forwarded to the Fire Marshal's Office.
Note: Above is for both commercial and residential properties
The Environmental Health Department has septic records as old as 1950. That does not ensure that we have yours.To have a sanitarian start the research complete an Information Research Request Form.
350 Montevue Lane Frederick, MD 21702
A backhoe operator is hired and required to dig no less than 3 holes.
The first hole is the observation hole. This is where we find the limiting factor which is usually >50% rock or water table. The second and third holes are the perc test holes that are 4’ above the limiting factor. The water has 30 minutes per inch to percolate for a conventional septic system and 60 minutes per inch in an infiltrometer for a sand mound test.
The FCHD sanitarian conducts the official percolation test and records (COMAR 26):
Perc time Location of perc/observation holes Depth of perc holes Any other information pertinent to the solid and site characteristics of the property.
For questions about Temporary Food Service at public events, see Temporary Special Food Service Facilities page.
1. A mobile unit may operate at public events (fairs, festivals, etc.) by applying for Temporary Food Service Permits for each event. Requirements are less restrictive than annually licensed units that operate on a more regular basis.
2. A mobile unit operating on a routine basis requires an annual Food Service License and the mobile unit must be in full compliance with Maryland’s Food Service Regulations (COMAR 10.15.03). Operating as an annually licensed mobile unit in Frederick County will also allow you to participate at public events in Frederick County without the need of additionally obtaining Temporary Food Service Permits.
A) Have a mobile unit constructed. This option requires submitting plans to be reviewed and approved by the Frederick County Health Department Food Program prior to the start of any construction. (Plan review fee is required.)
B) Purchase a pre-owned mobile unit that is already outfitted with necessary equipment. This option is more risky to the operator because mobile units licensed in other jurisdictions may not be automatically licensed in Frederick County. It is recommended that when shopping for pre-owned mobile units, pictures of the mobile unit (including equipment, sinks, and plumbing detail, etc.) are submitted for evaluation prior to purchase.
All mobile units require a Base of Operations or Commissary in order to comply with COMAR 10.15.03. This is where the mobile unit will get potable water, dispose of gray water, dispose of grease from fryers (if need be), use the larger 3 compartment sink for cleaning and sanitizing equipment on the mobile unit, and where the mobile unit may have storage as needed. An additional license may be required for the “Base of Operations” if the kitchen is being used for more than clean-up, minimal storage, and/or minimal prep.
The procedures for opening or remodeling a restaurant in Frederick County can be found on the Plan Review Submission page.
Effective March 1, 2014, state law requires “a food establishment shall display prominently in the staff area of the food establishment a poster related to food allergy awareness that includes information regarding the risk of an allergic reaction." The following link provides additional information on food allergens:
Per the requirements of the Comprehensive Emergency Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund), ATSDR completed a public health assessment (PHA) on the area of Fort Detrick proposed to be placed on the US EPA’s National Priority List for long-term cleanup. ATSDR’s report on the Fort Detrick Area B Groundwater evaluated estimated exposures to the maximum measured TCE and PCE concentrations found in private drinking water wells around the Area B site. ATSDR concluded that these exposures were unlikely to produce any harmful health effects, including cancer. ATSDR’s Public Health Assessment estimated the TCE and PCE exposure doses to residents of those houses by using the maximum measured concentrations of the chemicals in 1992 (when potable use of the wells ceased). Evaluation of these contaminants and estimated ingestion doses of TCE and PCE for children and adults lead to the following conclusions: a) "Harmful effects are unlikely for users of the contaminated private wells based on maximum measured concentrations of PCE and TCE (cancer and non-cancer health effects). b) Residences with contaminated wells are currently being provided with alternate water. Current exposure to VOCs at these locations is limited to incidental use of the wells for irrigation or other outside uses. These exposures are unlikely to result in any harmful health effects. The full ATSDR report can be found here: http://www.atsdr.cdc.gov/HAC/pha/FtDetrickAreaBGroundwater/FortDetrickPHAFinal12-09-2009.pdf
When trying to determine whether a group of cancers is due to chance alone, or is a true “cluster,” some of the questions that should be asked include: (a) Is this the same type of cancer, or is it many different types?; (b) Are the cancers occurring in people who typically get this kind of cancer, or are these cancers happening in people who don’t typically get this type of cancer?; (c) Are the cancers occurring in people who are known to have a specific exposure?; (d) If an exposure is suspected of being related to a cancer, is there a reasonable period of time between when the exposure happened and when the cancer happened (because chemicals that are known to cause cancer typically take several years to several decades between when the exposure happens and when the cancer is finally apparent)?; and (e) Are the cancers common cancers, or are they very rare types of cancers?
The Maryland Cancer Registry is an ongoing registry since 1992, and the data are used for many different purposes. For example, data are used to look at the numbers and rates of cancer by type of cancer, race, ethnicity, age, gender, and geographic residence. In addition to all of its other responsibilities, the Registry provides data to the counties, which use the data to target cancer surveillance, screening, and prevention activities in conjunction with local health care providers and organizations. The review of state cancer data, to determine whether any particular area has more cancer than would be expected under normal circumstances, is a complicated task that requires additional resources beyond the other activities of the Registry and the health department. However, both the state and county health departments are committed to providing resources to this review of Registry data, because of community concerns.
The Frederick County Health Department conducted a Community Health Assessment in 2007 by surveying Frederick County residents. Participants were asked about a past diagnosis of non-skin cancer and modifiable risk factors associated with the development of cancer. The responses were then reported out separately for respondents from Central Frederick County, Northern Frederick County, and Southern Frederick County. The full Community Health Assessment can be found at http://www.frederickcountymd.gov/index.aspx?NID=2371 .For more information: Question and Answers about Cancer Clusters (Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene) http://fha.maryland.gov/pdf/cancer/mcr_combined_cancer_cluster.pdf
The Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene began its preliminary investigation using data that was already collected by the Maryland Cancer Registry. The initial cancer investigation is being conducted to answer questions and concerns that have been raised by Frederick County residents about cancer in the area, and proceeded independently of any ongoing issues related to environmental remediation at Fort Detrick. As additional concerns are raised as a result of this preliminary investigation and any future investigations, they will be addressed by the Frederick County Health Department, working together with the appropriate state and federal agencies.
According to the Harm Reduction Coalition (HRC) Harm Reduction is:
What Harm Reduction is NOT:
• No matter what drug they are using, ALWAYS HAVE NALOXONE/NARCAN. Fentanyl is frequently found in all drugs (cocaine, meth, street purchased pills, etc.)• TEST THE SUPPLY. Knowing whether fentanyl is present in the drug can help guide decisions related to use.• NEVER USE ALONE. Having someone with them allows them to call 911 and provide care if they overdose.• IF THEY DO USE ALONE, HAVE THEM ASK SOMEONE TO CHECK ON THEM. There are many ways to do this. They can ask someone to check on them in 5 minutes (either by phone, text, in person).• BE AWARE OF THINGS THAT PLACE THEM AT GREATER RISK OF OVERDOSE. These include a history of overdose, if they have not used opioids in a while (their tolerance drops fast), if they are sick (cold, flu, viruses make it easier to overdose), and if they are using other drugs at the same time (especially alcohol, benzos, and other opioids).• USE SLOWLY. Using slowly allows their body to adjust and gives a person time to understand how the drugs may affect them.• TRY SNORTING OR SMOKING INSTEAD. Injecting carries the highest risk of overdose. You can still overdose by smoking and snorting, especially with fentanyl, so start slow and use less to start.
Fentanyl test strips are a form of drug testing technology that have shown to be effective at detecting the presence of fentanyl and fentanyl-analogs in drug samples prior to ingestion. Based on the results of the test strips, people can choose to implement strategies to reduce the risk of overdose. Published literature supports that people are willing to use fentanyl test strips and change behavior as a result of a positive test.
The Frederick County Health Department distributes free fentanyl test strips to people who use drugs. Visit our page to learn more about our Syringe Services Program.
Yes. There are significant legal protections for Syringe Services Program (SSP) Participants, Volunteers and Staff. Under Senate Bill 97, § 24-908. Immunity from prosecution; permitted prosecutions
Approved Program Activities Provide Significant Legal Protections to Staff, Volunteer and Participants whom:
“MAY NOT BE ARRESTED, CHARGED, OR PROSECUTED FOR VIOLATING § 5–601, § 5–619, § 5–620, OR § 5–902(C) OR (D) OF THE CRIMINAL LAW ARTICLE FOR POSSESSING OR DISTRIBUTING CONTROLLED PARAPHERNALIA OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA WHENEVER THE POSSESSION OR DISTRIBUTION OF THE CONTROLLED PARAPHERNALIA OR DRUG PARAPHERNALIA IS A DIRECT RESULT OF THE EMPLOYEE’S, VOLUNTEER’S, OR PARTICIPANT’S ACTIVITIES IN CONNECTION WITH THE WORK OF A PROGRAM AUTHORIZED UNDER THIS SUBTITLE.”
Syringe Services Programs (SSPs) have been shown to:
From points South, take I-270 North to U.S. 15 in Frederick
From points North, take U.S. 15 to Frederick
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (third light on Rosemont).
Provided is a notice which describes how medical information about you may be used and disclosed and how you can get access to this information. Please review carefully.
Notice of Privacy Practices
Notice of Privacy Practices (Spanish)
Bring a completed application along with your photo id and $20 (cash, check, MasterCard or Visa credit card) to the Administration Office. More Information
Fill out the Maryland Board of Physicians Complaint Form and return it to Maryland Board of Physicians Intake Unit
Your nurse can also discuss and provide contacts for:
Yes you can in certain circumstances, but before you drop Health Insurance, please talk with a caseworker here at the Health Department.
Yes you can but if someone is claiming you as a tax dependent, they must apply for you.
Click here to view the process once you have been approved.
Yes you can. A Caseworker will meet with you to complete the MCO selection and process.
Yes you can. A Caseworker will meet with you and scan your verifications into your application and compete the verification process.
Parents/guardians must renew a child’s medication/treatment authorization forms at the beginning of each school year. FCPS has posted medication/treatment authorization forms at www.fcps.org/forms. They are also available at each school.
To assure the safety of your child please contact the registered nurse assigned to your child’s school immediately. If you child requires an EpiPen your child’s health care provider must complete an Authorization for Management of Anaphyalaxis Form. EpiPens are administered in accordance with the Frederick County Public School policy. The registered nurse will train the health room technician and designated FCPS staff on the administration of the EpiPen.
Proof of immunizations is required to register your child for school. The immunization required for your child to attend school must be up to date prior to attending
From Route 15, take the Rosemont Avenue Exit (turn right if coming north and left if coming south on 15). Montevue Lane is a left-hand turn at the traffic lights in front of Fort Detrick (fourth light on Rosemont).
Here is the list of items you need to bring.
You can use your eWIC in a variety of local stores. Check out our website for a list.