6 Holiday Health Hazards to Avoid
By Brandi Goodman
Family, friends, and fun are what the holidays are all about. That doesn't mean the season is always jolly though. Lots of holiday health hazards are possible that can put a damper on your mood. Learn how to avoid these mishaps so you can enjoy the season fully.
Sharing the Sickness
Shaking hands at your company Christmas party, hugging relatives you haven't seen in a while, and otherwise being in close proximity with lots of people throughout the holidays is a surefire way to share the sickness. You don't want to end up feeling under the weather when you're supposed to be celebrating. Wash your hands often. Carry hand sanitizer with you everywhere you go. Keep your distance from anyone coughing and sneezing. These are just a few ways you can help yourself avoid any illness others may have.
Cookies, pies, cakes, and other desserts are common offerings at holiday gatherings. If you find yourself in the kitchen this holiday season, use extra caution when pulling pans out of the oven. Baking burns are all too common. Make sure to use an oven mitt and set things down on pot holders. Avoid having too many cooks in the kitchen as well since it's more likely that someone will bump into another with a hot pan.
Slip and Falls
An icy porch or sidewalk can make even the sturdiest person slip. Walk slow and use hand rails so you can steady yourself as you attempt to make your way out of the house each day. One small slip can cause a major fall that either breaks a bone or at the very least leaves you sore for several days. Check out your door for icicles so you know whether or not you're likely to encounter an icy path to your vehicle.
Holiday decorating is a favorite pastime for many people. It can also prove quite dangerous if you aren't careful. Decorating disasters occur easily, whether you fall from a ladder trying to reach too far, throw out your back picking up heavy items, or slip on the roof because you're not wearing the right shoes. Always be sure to wear sturdy shoes with grips and have a second person helping you so you can get help fast if you need it.
You may find yourself driving more often throughout the holidays. Aside from all the shopping, you may have family to go see in different cities -- possibly different states. Watch the road and be sure to pack travel necessities that will keep your back supported. Car accidents are likely in the winter months especially with snow and slush around the road.
Feeling the Frostbite
The cold weather can be dangerous if you're out in it too long. You'll feel the frostbite fast on days when the temperature is below freezing. Be sure to wear a jacket, hat, gloves, and boots when outside. Sledding, skiing, and other winter activities can be enjoyable as long as you keep yourself warm and protected.
These six holiday health hazards are just the beginning. Lots of mishaps can occur around the holidays that will make your festivities less than festive. Use preventative measures to avoid things going wrong as much as possible. It will help you to enjoy the season rather than feeling down for all that's going wrong.
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