As the holidays are upon us, it is a time for family and friends to enjoy time together and to have fun and be grateful. The following are some health and safety tips for this holiday season.
Wash your hands often. Keeping hands clean is one of the most important steps you can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. Wash your hands with soap and running water, and rub them together for at least 20 seconds. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands. You should wash your hands before, during and after preparing food, before eating, before and after caring for someone who is sick, after using the toilet, after changing diapers or cleaning up a child who has used the toilet, after blowing your nose, coughing or sneezing, after touching an animal or animal feed or animal waste. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.
Stay warm. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Stay dry and dress warmly in several layers.
Manage stress. The holidays don’t need to take a toll on your health and pocketbook. Keep your commitments and spending in check. Balance work, home and play. Keep a relaxed and positive outlook. Get support from family and friends, and make sure to get the proper amount of sleep.
Travel safely. Whether you’re traveling across town or across the country, help ensure your trip is safe. Don’t drink and drive and don’t let someone else drink and drive. Wear a seat belt every time you drive or ride in a motor vehicle. Always buckle your child in the car using a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt appropriate for their age and height/weight. Don’t forget to prepare your car for cold weather. Maintain antifreeze level, check tires, and keep a full tank of gas. Use a winter time formula in your windshield washer. Have a winter emergency kit to keep in your car that includes blankets, some food and water, booster cables, flares, tire pump, and a bag of sand or cat litter(for traction), flashlight, battery powered radio and extra batteries, and a first aid kit. When planning travel, be aware of current and forecast weather conditions. Keep cell phones fully charged.
Outdoor precautions. Many people spend time outdoors in the winter working or enjoying winter sports. Prepare for outdoor safety hazards, by wearing appropriate layered clothing, including hats, scarves, and waterproof boots. Sprinkle cat litter or sand on icy patches. Be aware of the wind chill factor. Work slowly when doing outside chores.
Be prepared for weather-related emergencies, including power outages. Stock food that needs no cooking or refrigeration and water stored in clean containers. Make sure your cell phone is fully charged. Keep an up to date emergency kit that includes a flashlight, NOAA weather radio, and extra batteries, first aid kit and extra medicine. Protect your family from carbon monoxide. Ensure your CO detector has new batteries in it. Keep grills, camp stoves and generators out of the house, basement or garage. Locate generators at least 20 feet from the house. Leave your home immediately if the CO detector sounds and call 911.
Be prepared to check on family and neighbors who are especially at risk from cold weather hazards: young children, older adults, and the chronically ill. Protect your pets from the cold and provide adequate, warm shelter and fresh unfrozen water.
Have a great holiday season and appreciate the gift of good health!
HSBB @ SB UPDATE
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