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  • Outdoor Wood Burning Furnace Grant

    PRESS RELEASE

    DEEP Grant Program Aims to Replace or Remove Inefficient Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces.

    Grants part of overall effort to address health and environmental issues raised by use of OWFs

    As part of an overall effort to address public health and environmental issues raised by the use of Outdoor Wood Burning Furnaces (OWFs), Connecticut’s Department of Energy and
    Environmental Protection (DEEP) today announced a grant program that offers a financial incentive for the removal or replacement of older, less efficient units.

    DEEP said that its new Good Deals for Good Neighbors program will fund up to $4,000 of removal costs – and a total of $7,000 for residents and businesses that remove and
    replace their current OWF models with newer and more efficient units. This switch can save participants in annual operating costs on their new unit, in addition to the incentive provided
    through DEEP.

  • Sun Safety

    Whether you are staying home, working outside, or on vacation, safe sun practices need to be a daily priority this summer. According to the CDC, 15 minutes are all that’s required for UV (ultraviolet) rays to damage your skin. Most people don’t realize that skin cancer is the most common form of cancer in the US, according to the CDC. Fortunately, it is also very preventable.

    Staying safe requires more than just throwing on sunscreen. Follow these important guidelines to significantly reduce your risk and your children’s risk of developing skin cancer.

    1. Always use sunscreen: Always apply sunscreen with an SPF between 15 and 50 to any skin that might be exposed. Pick a sunscreen higher in this range if you have fair skin, tend to burn easily, or are vacationing closer to the equator or at high altitudes.

    2. Reapply: Most sunscreens start to become ineffective after 2 hours. As a result, make sure to reapply sunscreen early and often, especially if you’re out in the middle of the day, spending time in the water, or sweating.

    3. Avoid direct sunlight: Even if you have sunscreen on, UV rays can still cause acute and lasting skin damage, particularly when the sun is strongest. The CDC and the FDA say to avoid the sun between 10 am and 2 pm. Also keep in mind that UV rays can penetrate the clouds even when it’s cloudy.
    4. Dress wisely: Cover up with long-sleeves, pants, and hats to further decrease your risk of sun damage. Adding this extra barrier is important because sunscreen, even when used correctly, does not block the entire spectrum of UV rays.

    4. Don’t forget the eyes! Because UV rays are a real threat to our eyes, as well as our skin, the CDC recommends picking up a pair of sunglasses that offers 99-100% protection against both UVA and UVB rays.

    5. Stay cool and drink up: A sunburn should not be your only concern this summer. In fact, heat-related illness is responsible for approximately 128 weather-related fatalities each year, according to the National Weather Service. The intense summer sunlight coupled with high temperatures can put you at serious risk for heat-related illness if you don’t take necessary precautions to protect yourself. To avoid dehydration, drink 2-4 glasses of water each hour (or a non-alcoholic, non-sugary beverage) rather than simply waiting until you feel thirsty. Additionally, children, older adults, and anyone with a serious illness should consider staying out of the sun as much as possible and in a cool (preferably air-conditioned) environment.

    Additional Sun Safety Resources:
    CDC fact sheet: Warning Signs & Symptoms of Heat-Related Illness:

    The Environmental Protection Agency’s sunscreen fact sheet.