Hints from the Health Department. Leaflet from the archive of the Society of Medical Officers of Health. Credit: Wellcome Collection, London
Report on the sanitary condition of the Parish of Bermondsey for the year 1883
TO BE OBSERVED AGAINST DIARRAŒA, CHOLERA, AND
INFECTIOUS DISEASES GENERALLY.
The Vestry, as the Local Sanitary Authority, and on the
advice of their Medical Officer of Health, desire to call
the attention of all owners and occupiers of property
within the Parish to those Sanitary Measures which
experience has proved to be of service in avoiding diseases
of various kinds, and especially in preventing the
spread of those which are infectious.
AREAS, &c —All areas, basements, cellars, kitchens,
yards, and other damp and dark places, should be cleared of
all rubbish, well lime-whited, and kept in a clean state.
DUSTBINS, &c.—All dustbins should be regularly emptied;
be kept covered and protected from rain or wet. Vegetable
refuse should not be placed in the dustbin, but, after
slight drying behind the fire, be burned—small quantities
being placed on the fire at one time.
REFUSE, &c.—All offensive accumulations should be
removed. No stable or other manure should remain near a
dwelling house. All places where fowls, pigeons, rabbits,
dogs, or other animals are kept, should be kept scrupulously