Winter is coming, and with that, comes colder weather. And during the cold weather season, it's common to see many runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and respiratory infections such as the flu.
Winter holiday safety tips
Winter is coming, and with that, comes colder weather. And during the cold weather season, it’s common to see many runny noses, coughs, sore throats, and respiratory infections such as the flu.
Be honest: Have you ever used your scarf or gloves to wipe your nose or cover a sneeze/cough when a tissue wasn’t available? Oh, my! And then with your runny nose-contaminated glove, you touch a steering wheel, doorknob, public transit railing, or seat—all the time spreading the germs to others.
Then, with your contaminated scarf that you used to cover a cough or a sneeze, you offer it to your child because she is colder than you are or hang it up in the office next to co-workers belongings. This is called cross contamination. Oh, my!
And do you take your gloves off with your teeth? If you do, the germs from your gloves are going right into your mouth. Oh, my!
Think about this—if you don’t wash your hands when appropriate, like after using the bathroom, then put your gloves on, the INSIDE of the glove is now contaminated. Oh, my!
You wash your hands, right?
Also remember to wash your gloves and scarves on a regular basis, preferably once per week or when soiled.
It stands to reason that gloves and scarves are just as germy as other fabrics that haven’t been cleaned—maybe more so because they are less likely to be cleaned on a routine basis. Leather and suede gloves would most likely need to be dry cleaned, and knit gloves would probably not fare too well in the washing machine. But think about how germy they are after people cough, sneeze, and wipe their noses with their gloves and scarves!
Most germs will survive for two or three days on inanimate objects—some longer. They don’t have to look soiled or smell bad to be loaded with germs either!
Here are some steps to stay healthy this winter:
Clean your hands often . It’s the most important way to prevent the spread of infections.
Carry tissues and hand sanitizer with you at all times.
Keep your hands away from your face. When you touch your eyes, nose, or mouth, germs can get into your body and make you sick.
Take your gloves off when using or touching objects that other people use or touch. This includes the ATM, shopping carts, and crosswalk buttons.
Wash your hands (or use hand sanitizer) immediately after use. It’s easier to clean your hands than the gloves.
When taking your gloves off, carefully loosen them at the fingertips, and pull them off with your opposite hand. Don’t use your teeth or mouth.
Don’t stuff your dirty or wet gloves and scarves in your pocket. They need to dry thoroughly to kill the germs.
Wash your gloves and scarves often—preferably once per week or when soiled.
Get a flu shot every year.
Avoid people who are sick with a respiratory or stomach virus. Stay home from work or school if you are sick.
Cough or sneeze into your elbow, not into your gloves or scarf.
Below are some tips for Slips, Trips and Falls:
• Wear Proper Foot Gear
• Take smaller steps when walking
• Walk slowly and never run on icy ground
• Keep both hands free for balance rather than in your pockets
• Use handrails from start to finish
• Avoid carrying loads
• Keep your eyes on where you are going
• Test potentially slick areas by tapping your foot on them
• Step-don’t jump from vehicles or equipment
• Keep walkways clear of debris, water, ice, and slippery
Safe Winter Walking
• Plan ahead; give yourself sufficient time and plan your route
• Wear shoes that provide traction on snow or ice: rubber and neoprene composite. Avoid plastic or
• Walk in designated walkways as much as possible
• If a walkway is completely covered with ice; try to travel along its grassy edge for traction
When given no choice but to walk on ice, consider the following:
• Take short steps or shuffle for stability
• Bend slightly, walk flat-footed with your center of gravity directly over the feet as much as possible
• Be prepared to fall
• If you fall, fall with sequential contacts at your thigh, hip and shoulder to avoid using your arms to
protect against breakage
• Roll with the fall. Try to twist and roll backwards, rather than falling forward
• Relax as much as possible when you begin to fall
• Bend your back and head forward so you won’t slam your head on the pavement as your feet shoot
out from under you.
• Toss the load you are carrying. Protect yourself instead of the objects being carried.
When entering buildings, remove snow and water from footwear to prevent wet slippery conditions indoors.
Prepare Your Car for Winter
You can avoid many dangerous winter travel problems by planning ahead. Have maintenance service on your vehicle as often as the manufacturer recommends. In addition, every fall, do the following:
Have the radiator system serviced or check the antifreeze level yourself with an antifreeze tester. Add antifreeze as needed.
Replace windshield-wiper fluid with a wintertime mixture.
Replace any worn tires, make sure the tires have adequate tread, and check the air pressure in the tires.
During winter, keep the gas tank near full to help avoid ice in the tank and fuel lines.
Checklist Learn more about supplies you should consider having in your vehicle during winter.(http://emergency.cdc.gov/disasters/winter/beforestorm/supplylists.asp#car)
Keep your car fueled and in good working order. Be sure to check the following:
Antifreeze, Windshield Wiper Fluid (wintertime mixture), Heater, Defroster, Brakes, Brake Fluid, Ignition, Emergency Flashers, Exhaust, Tires (air pressure and wear), Fuel, Oil, Battery and Radiator.
When the calendar hits the winter months, driving becomes a risky proposition for any vehicle owner. Rain and snow create slick roads that generally lead to more accidents. Families taking winter vacations may become stranded in cold, isolated areas after an accident or car failure. Being prepared for an emergency is essential when planning to drive in the winter. Keeping a handful of necessities in your car can really be a lifesaver. Read more : http://www.ehow.com/info_12167706_things-should-carry-vehicle-during-winter-weather.html
Blankets or Sleeping bags, Hand warmers, Flares, Wind-up radio, First aid kit, Jumper cables or Fully charged battery jumper starter, Extra clothes and boots, A bag of sand or cat litter, Ice scraper, Emergency Tire Sealant, Flashlight or headlamp with extra batteries, A shovel, A small tool kit, Dried food or snacks, Water, Fully charged cell phone with charger, Tow rope, Multi-tool, and extra windshield washer fluid.
Below are some other holiday related safety tips!
Christmas Tree Safety
● Make sure your real tree is not too dry. Dry trees are perfect for catching fire!
● If you have an artificial tree, be sure that it is flame retardant.
● Water your live tree daily. As a rule of thumb, your tree needs one quart of water for every inch of trunk diameter.
● Trees should be no closer (and if best farther) than 3 feet from candles, fireplaces, space heaters, radiators, heat vents and other heat sources.
Lights and Electrical Safety
● Only purchase UL-listed lights and extension cords.
● If you are decorating outdoors use products that are rated for outdoor use.
● Before placing your lights (inside or outside) inspect them for any damage that may have occured in storage.
● Unplug lights before you change bulbs.
● If you need to get on a ladder to hang lights, try to use a wooden or fiberglass-reinforced plastic one instead of a metal one.
● Do not connect too many strings of lights together. The general rule is 3, but check with the packaging.
● Do not overload extension cords or sockets.
● Check your lights every now and then and make sure the wires are not warm to the touch.
● Always turn off your lights before going to bed or leaving the house. This is a big one that many of us are guilty of. You spend all that time decorating and you want to show it off. We understand! But we also would hate for you to return home to a fire or wake up to one!