Holiday Health & Safety Tips
Thursday, December 16, 2010
Wash your hands often
Wash your hands with soap and clean running water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and clean water are not available, use an alcohol-based product.

Manage stress Keep a check on
  - over-commitment
  - over-spending
  - Balance work, home, and play
  - Get support from family and friends
  - Practice time management

Travel safely   - Help ensure your trip is safe
  - Don’t drink and drive
  - 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.

Be smoke-free Avoid smoking and breathing other people's smoke. If you smoke, quit today! Get check-ups and vaccinations   - Exams and screenings can help find problems before they start. They can also help find
    problems early.
  - Vaccinations help prevent diseases and save lives.

Prevent injuries   - Use step stools instead of furniture when hanging decorations
  - Leave the fireworks to the professionals
  - Wear a bicycle helmet to help prevent head injuries

Avoid Fires   - Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains
  - Never leave fireplaces, stoves, or candles unattended
  - Don't use generators, grills, or other gasoline- or charcoal-burning devices inside your
    home or garage
  - Install a smoke detector and carbon monoxide detector in your home. Test them once a
    month, and replace batteries twice a year.

Handle and prepare food safely   - Wash hands and surfaces often
  - Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw
    meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including
    their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and
    eating surfaces
  - Cook food to the proper temperature
  - Refrigerate promptly
  - Do not leave perishable foods out for more
                                                                                than two hours

Eat healthy, and be active   - Choose fresh fruit as a festive and sweet substitute for candy
  - Select just one or two of your favorites from the host of tempting foods
  - Find fun ways to stay active, such as dancing to your favorite holiday music
  - Be active for at least 2½ hours a week

Happy Holidays!!!


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