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Posted on: December 12, 2018

Holiday Health and Safety Tips

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The McLean County Health Department wishes everyone a safe and happy holiday season and shares these holiday reminders adapted from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to promote and protect the health of all those in our county.  We encourage everyone to support health and safety for yourself and others by following these holiday tips:

1.      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. 


2.      Stay warm.

Cold temperatures bring a number of health risks for older adults and young children especially – older adults tend to make less body heat and babies lose body health more easily. Make sure homes are adequately heated and dress in layers when spending time outdoors.


3.      Manage stress and get quality sleep.

Don’t shop till you drop. Stress occurs when you upset the normal balance of life. Try to keep balance between work, home, and family expectations and don’t forget to get your sleep. According to the National Institute of Health, sleep plays an important housekeeping role, in that it removes toxins in your brain that build up while you are awake.


4.      Travel safely.

Make every trip in your car 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. Buckle children in a child safety seat, booster seat, or seat belt appropriate for the child’s height, weight, and age every time they ride in the car. Keep a winter weather road kit in the car in case of an emergency. Also, watch the weather to keep up with road conditions before you set out to grandma’s house.


5.      Be smoke-free.

Avoid smoking and breathing other people’s smoke.


6.      Get check-ups and vaccinations.

Make time to get a seasonal flu vaccination, if you haven’t done so already. Then, start the new year off right by scheduling a visit your health care provider for needed exams, screenings, tests, and other age-appropriate vaccines.


7.      Keep an eye on the kids.

Keep a watchful eye on your kids when they’re eating and playing. Keep potentially dangerous toys, food, drinks, household items, choking hazards out of their reach.


8.      Prevent injuries.

Use step stools instead of climbing on furniture when hanging decorations. Make sure you have smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home and that they are working properly. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees, and curtains. Turn o all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house and if you have a live tree, make sure you keep it watered.


9.      Handle and prepare food properly.

Clean – Separate – Cook – Chill. Wash hands and food preparation and serving surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating utensils and surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate perishable foods promptly.


10.  Eat healthy and be active.

Balance and moderation. Substitute fresh fruit for candy. Place a limit on fats, salt, and sugary foods. Find fun ways to be active – like dancing to holiday music while you do chores around the house or park a little further away from store entrances during holiday shopping trips.

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