North GA - The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. However, amidst the excitement and festivities, it's crucial to keep safety at the forefront. Here are some tips to ensure a safe holiday season for you and your loved ones.
Ensuring a Safe and Joyful Holiday Season
- Written by Jennifer King, Public Information Officer
- Category: Press Room
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1. Fire Safety: With the increased use of candles, fairy lights, and fireplaces during the holiday season, the risk of house fires can escalate. Always ensure that candles are extinguished before leaving the room or going to bed. Check your holiday lights for any frayed wires or loose connections, and never leave them on unattended. If you're using a fireplace, ensure it's cleaned and inspected regularly.
2. Food Safety: Holiday feasts are a highlight of the season. However, foodborne illnesses can put a damper on the festivities. Always wash your hands thoroughly before and after handling food. Ensure that all food is cooked to the correct temperature and promptly refrigerated after the meal.
3. Health Safety: Being a part of holiday crowds and festive gatherings places you at greater risk of exposure to infectious viruses that tend to circulate at this time of year, including Flu, Covid-19, and RSV. We can also spread these viruses to others. Make sure you are up-to-date on your vaccinations for these illnesses. These vaccines are available at our local county health departments in North Georgia.
4. Travel Safety: If you're traveling during the holidays, ensure your vehicle is in good working order before hitting the road. Check the weather forecast and plan your route accordingly. Always have an emergency kit in your car, including blankets, food, water, and a first-aid kit.
5. Home Safety: If you're leaving your home unattended during the holidays, take steps to make it appear occupied. Use timers to turn lights on and off, ask a neighbor to collect your mail, and avoid posting about your travel plans on social media.
6. Personal Safety: Crowded stores and distractions can make the holiday season a prime time for thieves. Be aware of your surroundings, keep your personal belongings close, and avoid carrying large amounts of cash.
7. Mental Health Safety: The holiday season can also bring stress and feelings of loneliness. Take care of your mental health by reaching out to loved ones, taking time for self-care, and seeking professional help if needed.
Remember, the holiday season is about celebrating and spending time with loved ones. By keeping these safety tips in mind, you can ensure a joyful and safe holiday season for everyone.
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