Environmental Services

Mission Statement

The departmental mission is to provide outstanding services in environmental health and in order to promote wellness and prevent disease in our community. This will be accomplished through the intellectual use of human resources, technology, education and common sense.

Important Notice

The City of DeSoto Health Department only offers environmental health-related services. For medical and immunization services, contact your family physician or the Dallas County Health Department.

Below are helpful phone numbers and websites:

Dallas County Health Department Services, Region 2/3
Ph: 214.819.2000

Texas Department of State Health 
Ph: 817.264.4500

Tip of the Month

Healthy and Safe Swimming

Pools, hot tubs and water playgrounds are great place to have fun, be active or just relax. Learn how to stay healthy and safe when in water  here

If you are planning to go outdoor picnic this summer, there are several things to remember considering food safety and proper food handling. Learn food facts for picnic site preparation.

Heatstroke tragedies are absolutely heartbreaking, and a reminder for all of us to be aware of the dangers of leaving a child alone in a car. Protect kids from preventable tragedy by never leaving a child alone in the car, not even for a minute. Bystanders should call 911 if they see a child alone in the car.

Together, we can reduce the number of heatstroke deaths and close calls by remembering to ACT:

  • A: Avoid heatstroke-related injury and death by never leaving your child alone in a car, not even for a minute. And make sure to keep your car locked when you’re not in it so kids don’t get in on their own. 
  • C: Create reminders by routinely putting something in the back of your car such as a briefcase, a purse or a cell phone that is needed at your final destination. This is especially important if you’re not following your normal routine.
  • T: Take action. If you see a child alone in a car, call 911. Emergency personnel want you to call. Bystanders taking action while following protocol are protected by Texas law (Title 4, Civil Practice and Remedies Code, Chapter 9A) .