Have Yourself a Safe and Merry Holiday Season

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(Newswire.net — December 1, 2017) — The holiday season is the most joyous time of the year, but amidst all the excitement and festivities, it’s important to remember to put safety first. One small accident can completely ruin the holidays. We’ve compiled a list of tips for you and your loved ones to stay healthy and safe this holiday season.

  • Icy or snowy roofs can be slippery, so put up outdoor decorations with care. In the home, make sure decorations do not block doorways or congest hallways. This could impede a person’s ability to make a quick escape, or harm the firefighters attempting to get in the house.
  • Never use lighted candles near trees, boughs, curtains/drapes, or with any potentially flammable item. When displaying a natural tree, cut about two inches off the trunk and place the tree in a sturdy, water-holding stand.
  • Most residential fires occur during winter. Practice fire safety, especially if you keep a real Christmas tree in your home, or make use of a fireplace or space heater. Have an emergency plan in place that everyone in the home is familiar with.
  • Change the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors, and examine your fire extinguishers. A small extinguisher should be kept in or near the kitchen, and a larger one in the garage. Make sure the first aid kit is fully stocked.
  • Holiday season is the start of flu season. Wash hands often to help prevent the spread of germs. Everybody 6 months and older, who is in good health, should get a flu vaccine each year.
  • Schedule your annual medical and dental exams and screenings. Get your routine vaccinations. Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.
  • Bundle up. Wear appropriate winter clothing for your lifestyle and activities- light, warm layers, gloves, hats, scarves, and waterproof boots.
  • Manage stress. Give yourself a break if you feel stressed out, overwhelmed and out of control. Some of the best ways to manage stress are to find support, connect socially and get plenty of sleep.
  • Overpasses and bridges can be icy. Car safety kits that include a flashlight and batteries, flares, blanket, first aid kit, tire chains and jumper cables are critically important this time of year.
  • Don’t drink and drive or let others drink and drive. If you’ve had an alcoholic beverage, give the keys to a sober driver, or call a taxi or car sharing service.
  • Buckle up every time you’re in a car, no matter how short the trip and encourage passengers to do the same. Always buckle your children in the appropriate car seat or booster for their age, weight, and height.
  • Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, and other objects out of children’s reach. Protect them from drowning, burns, falls, and other potential accidents, by safeguarding the home and keeping a watchful eye on them in a new space.
  • Prepare food safely. Remember these simple steps: Wash hands and surfaces often, avoid cross-contamination, cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly.
  • Eat healthy and stay active. Eat fruits and vegetables which pack nutrients and help lower the risk for certain diseases. Try to be active for at least 30 minutes per day.