Tis the season for winter and holiday fun, but the hazards of the season can ruin everyone’s spirit, so remember to beware of these top 12 dangers with a familiar holiday tune…
12 Credit Card Bills
11 Bottles of Wine
10 Pounds of Weight
8 Stressful Moments
7 Toddler Poisonings
6 Frozen Fingers
5 Recalled Toys
4 Slippery Falls
3 Auto Accidents
2 Flu Hospital Visits
And a cold with a cough and sneeze!
12. Over-spending- Americans spend billions dollars on holiday gifts! Do yourself a favor by not overindulging. This leads to unnecessary financial stress and prevents you from truly enjoying the moments of being together.
11. Over-drinking- If you enjoy a drink this time of year, great, but remember to not overindulge. Always plan ahead with a designated driver or better yet, be the most popular person at the party, by volunteering to be the designated driver
10. Over-eating- This time of year it’s especially easy to do! It’s best to have a plan of attack and eat a small healthy meal befo re the party and limit your buffet selections. You and your scale will be thankful, come January 2nd.
9. Gastrointestinal Disorders- The holiday season is a time for gastrointestinal disorders- namely diarrhea and vomiting. Don’t get your guests sick from that undercooked turkey. Prevent the spread of stomach viruses by washing your hands, and be careful with food preparations and storage.
8. Stress- Shopping, wrapping, work, kids, family dinners, bills….it all adds up exponentially during the holidays! This added stress can lead to illness, road rage, even a heart attack. Remember to take it all in stride and ask for help, say no to added tasks, stick to your budget, and take care of your health.
7. Poisoning- Grandparents visiting for the holidays? Make sure their medications and your toddler stay separated! Also keep poinsettias and other holiday plants or décor out of reach from children. Children under two account for 1/3 of the 2.5 million annual calls to US poison centers.
6. Hypothermia- Children are oblivious to cold and could play for hours in blowing snow, but make sure they are bundled up and monitored. Adults, on the other hand, have varying degrees of tolerance and should be prepared with appropriate proper outdoor gear for the occasion and duration.
5. Toy Recalls/Choking Hazards- Last year, choking caused over 17,000 ER visits. Given children’s curiosity, there is a lot of potential hazards. Be vigilant this holiday season and don’t give kids small items that may cause choking, follow age guidelines when selecting toys, and select sturdy toys with no loose parts. For a list of toy recalls, check out: www.recalls.gov.
4. Falls- Wet or snowy surfaces cause thousands of serious injuries and broken bones ever year. To help avoid a trip to the ER, be prepared! Shovel your walks and steps, keep hand railings clear, light your porches, apply snowmelt to surfaces, and wear shoes with good traction.
3. Automobile Accidents- Do not underestimate the road conditions with ice, snow, and low visibility. Be prepared with an auto emergency road kit, blanket, and tools. Make sure you and your children are restrained in age-appropriate car seats. Buckle-Up and use caution!
2. Influenza- Get your flu vaccine! The holiday travel season helps spread this annual malady and thousands of people die every year. If you are going to be visiting grandma this year, you owe it to her not to give an unwanted gift with serious health consequences.
1. Colds- People are inside more during the winter months and a bit more crowded, so we always see a seasonal increase in the number of colds. So take good care of yourself and wash your hands!