Take some simple steps to stay safe during the holidays and keep the season merry and bright.
The holidays are a season for celebration, but also a good time to practice putting safety first.
Travel safely. If flying, know the Transportation Security Administration‘s rules and procedures. Store your personal belongings safely and wear your seat belt as instructed. If you have a young child, consider buying a ticket for him or her even if you’re not required to do so. That way he or she won’t have to travel on your lap, but will have a designated seat, seat belt and oxygen mask. If driving, obey the rules of the road, have properly installed car seats for children and never drive if you feel fatigued.
Cook and eat safely. Follow food safety guidelines in order to avoid food poisoning and foodborne illness. Wash your hands properly before, during and after preparing food. Protect against cross contamination in the kitchen. Cook food to its approved temperature and store it safely.
Drink safely. Consuming alcohol in excess can increase the risk of accidents and injury. Drinking in moderation is considered having up to one drink per day for women and up to two drinks per day for men. A drink is defined as 12 ounces of beer, 5 ounces or wine or 1.5 ounces of 80-proof distilled spirits or liquor. Never drink and drive.
Keep kids safe. Hosting a get-together that will include kids? Childproof your home for the holidays. Be sure to keep pool gates securely closed, block potentially dangerous access to stairs and keep harmful or poisonous substances out of reach.
If your holiday celebration turns out to be less than safe, remember that the Medical Center of Arlington is here with help, including our emergency services. Visit us online to find a physician or call us at 1-855-868-6262.