Staying healthy during the holiday season is one priority that often gets pushed to the back burner. But being sick on the holidays is certainly a bummer. Stay healthy this holiday season with these tips from Safety Girl.
- Wash your hands frequently. Washing your hands is one of the best ways to stay healthy because so many germs are spread through touch. Wash your hands with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds, rinse your hands, and dry them with a clean paper towel. Carry antibacterial hand sanitizer in your purse and in your car for the times when you can’t access a sink. Make sure your children wash their hands frequently, too.
- Dress for cold weather. Staying warm when the weather is cold will prevent your immune system from being compromised and will help prevent illness. If you’re going to be exposed to the cold weather, dress in layers of lightweight, warm clothing, such as long underwear and fleece clothing. Don’t forget appropriate footwear, such as snow boots, a warm coat, hat, gloves and a scarf. If you have children, make sure to send them to school with warm clothing if they will be waiting outside for the bus and/or playing outside at recess.
- Drink responsibly. If you’re going to a holiday party, make sure that you have appointed a designated driver. If you go to a party alone, choose not to drink, or make arrangements to take a taxi home if you do. If you’re hosting a party, collect your guests’ keys when they arrive and don’t let anyone drive home after drinking.
- Don’t forget about food safety. Make sure to keep raw meats separate from all other foods and be sure to cook all food thoroughly. When serving food, always have plenty of serving utensils and don’t leave any foods out for more than two or three hours. Be sure to clean up immediately after a holiday party to prevent germs from developing.