In partnership with the Community Health and Social Services Network (CHSSN) and regional public bodies and community organizations, MCDC has been very active in developing strategies to facilitate access to health and social services in English. Among services provided by MCDC, we regularly publish informational booklets and flyers, hold regular information sessions and video-conferences on various health topics, organize special activities to promote healthy living habits and meet regularly with our public and community partners to raise awareness about the needs of the English-speaking community.
Beware of wood smoke! As temperatures are getting colder, it's time to think about getting warm. Whether as a primary source of heating or as a backup system, be aware that your wood stove emits smoke containing many pollutants that can be harmful to your health or that of your loved ones. Some action are therefore necessary to reduce the risks to health:
- Maintain your stove: Make sure that your wood stove is well maintained and working properly. Have it inspected by a qualified professional at least once a year.
- Clean your chimney: Clean your chimney and flues regularly. Follow the manufacturer's instructions.
- Use your dampers. Allow more air (ventilation) when starting a fire, and close the dampers when the wood is well charred. This technique produces more heat, so you use less wood.