Staying Safe this Holiday Season, and All Winter Long
The winter can be a wonderful time of the year. With all the holidays, parties, and snow, it can seem almost magical. But it is important to remember to stay safe, healthy, and happy during this season.
Basic Tips to Stay Healthy and Warm
Wash Hands Often
This is the best way to avoid getting sick. The holidays bring us together to see family, friends, and loved ones. With all the hugging and kissing, make sure you wash your hands with warm water and soap to help prevent spreading any germs, and to protect yourself against any possible illnesses.
Get your Vaccinations
The best way to prevent the flu is to get the flu vaccine. Everyone six months of age and older should get the flu shot. Talk to your doctors about protecting you and your family.
The holidays don't need to take a toll on your health. Keep a check on over-committing to holiday events and over spending. Balance work, home, and play. Take time to relax and keep the holidays a fun time of the year.
Prepare Food Safely
During large holiday dinners, it is important to properly prepare and cook food. Wash hands and surfaces often to avoid cross-contamination. Cook foods to proper temperatures and refrigerate foods promptly. Tightly seal all the leftovers in food containers and make sure the fridge is not over packed so cool air can travel around the fridge.
Dress Warmly and Stay Dry
Adults and children should wear hats, scarves, gloves, water-resistant coats, boots, and several layers of loose-fitting clothing under outerwear. If clothes become wet, they may not be able to dry in the cold outside temperatures. Hang up all clothing inside and dry completely before wearing them outside again.
Do not drive during bad weather or if there is ice on the ground. Never drink and drive- always have a designated driver. Consider using a taxi service to get to and from holiday parties.
Prepare Your Car for the Cold
Winter can take a toll on cars too. Maintain antifreeze levels and check if coolant is designed to withstand winter weather. Cold temperatures can deflate tires so check tire pressures often. Low tire pressure means less control on bad roads. Get snow tires or put chains on yours if your city allows it. Keep blankets in your car in case you become stranded. Keep a portable battery charger in your car to call for help if needed.
Practice Fire Safety
Most residential fires happen during winter months. Do not leave fireplaces, space heaters, candles, or cooking food unattended. Clean your dryer's lint trap after each use. Never use your oven as a source to heat your house. Contact the Health Department at 609-265-5548 if you are having trouble affording heat.
Be careful when hanging holiday decorations. Make sure ladders are sturdy and secure and have an extra person helping you. Salt walkways, driveways, sidewalks, and stairs outside your house to prevent slipping on ice.