Health Department - Environmental Health Division
The Environmental Health Division of the Skokie Health Department is responsible for the enforcement of the Village's environmental health codes. Registered sanitarians inspect local restaurants, retail food establishments, nursing homes, day care centers, and day care homes. The Division also responds to complaints of conditions creating a public nuisance or a health hazard. If a problem is identified, the sanitarians work with the establishment or property owner to rectify the situation in a non-confrontational manner. Environmental Health staff can issue citations in those situations where there is a recurring problem or non-compliance.
Weed Citation Process
The Village of Skokie prides itself in maintaining a high level of cleanliness and sanitation throughout the community. Unfortunately, some property owners, whether businesses or homeowners, fail to control the growth of weeds and grass on their properties. This can become an eyesore and can potentially have a negative effect on property values.
The Village expects that all property owners maintain their properties, which includes keeping grass and weeds below six inches in height.
Section 42-39 of the Skokie Village Code states that all weeds, including grass in excess of six inches, is declared a public nuisance. The Village actively enforces this ordinance. Once a property is determined to be in violation, through either a citizen complaint or a staff observation, a notice is posted on the property giving the owner 10 days to come into compliance. After 10 days, the property is reinspected. If the property is still in violation at this point, the Village will have the weeds cleared and charge the owner for the expenses incurred. If these charges are not paid, a lien will be placed against the property.
If you have any questions or would like to make a complaint about weeds, please contact the Health Department's Environmental Division at 847/933-8484.
Carbon Monoxide Testing
The Environmental Division provides carbon monoxide testing for residents and businesses of Skokie. This program requires a sanitarian to visit the location with a monitoring device. Measurements are taken at various locations within the building to determine carbon monoxide levels. If high levels are found, the property owner will be instructed to ventilate the building and contact a qualified repair service to locate and repair the source of the problem. While requests for this service are greatest during the winter heating season, the Skokie Health Department provides carbon monoxide testing throughout the year. To schedule an appointment to have your property checked for carbon monoxide, contact the Environmental Health Division at 847/933-8484.
Microwave Oven Testing
Today's microwave ovens are designed to provide safe, dependable service for many years. They are designed so no radiation will leak from the oven while in use. However, there are cases where an older oven or a newer oven with a damaged door or seal may leak radiation, which could be harmful over a period of time. In most instances, you will be unable to tell that an oven has been damaged and is leaking radiation. The Skokie Health Department will check your microwave oven for radiation leakage upon request. You can request an appointment for this test by calling (847) 933-8484. The test is simple and takes only a few minutes. If your microwave oven is leaking radiation in excess of allowable limits, you will be instructed not to use the unit until it has been serviced by a qualified technician.
As a part of its ongoing testing program to assure the safety of Skokie's drinking water, the Environmental Health Division collects 72 water samples per month from various locations throughout the Village for analysis. In addition, if you feel there may be a problem with your water, the Skokie Health Department can collect a sample for testing if it is deemed necessary. In some cases you will be referred to a private laboratory. If you would like to know more about the Village of Skokie's water testing program, call the Skokie Health Department's Environmental Health Division at 847/ 933-8484. To view the Village's 2010 Water Quality Report (current), please click here.