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Make Safety a Priority during the Holidays

December 17, 2015

Dec. 17, 2015

Make Safety a Priority during the Holidays

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Tallahassee, Fla.-The holidays are a time to focus on our loved ones and create happy memories, so don’t let avoidable injuries or food-borne illness disrupt your holiday cheer. Take simple steps to ensure a safe, healthy and happy holiday.

One way to prevent injuries is to be cautious while decorating and choose safe decorations.

  • Keep fresh trees properly watered and away from candles, fireplaces or electric heaters;
  • Never leave candles burning unattended, and make sure to always unplug any lights before leaving the house or going to bed; and
  • Take usual precautions when using ladders to hang decorations.

If you’re traveling for the holidays, be sure to follow all the rules of the road, and take frequent breaks or switch drivers to prevent drowsy driving. Have a friend or neighbor keep an eye on your home while you’re gone.

Food is an important part of any holiday celebration; make sure you protect yourself and loved ones from food-borne illnesses by flowing these simple steps:

  • Wash your hands before preparing food or after handling raw meat;
  • Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces; and
  • Be mindful of potential food allergies as your plan your holiday menu.

With all the excitement of the holidays, it’s easy to let safety slip our minds. Be mindful and cautious this year to prevent injuries and illness that could ruin the season.

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