Poisonous Holiday Plants
Even though festive plants add an extra punch of holiday spirit to your home, they can be dangerous to small children and pets. For example, pine cones are a choking hazard for kids. Poinsettias scream Christmas, but they are toxic to pets.
Even when spending the holidays at home there’s opportunity to put on a few extra pounds. Avoid holiday weight gain by practicing healthy moderation. You can have your treats – just make sure you load up most of your plate with healthier foods.
According to the National Safety Council, 3,000 Americans die from choking every year. Avoid choking on holiday treats by taking small bites, chewing slowly and carefully, and avoiding talking or being distracted while eating.
Every year, there are hundreds of residential fires that result from Christmas trees. Although fresh Christmas trees smell wonderful, artificial trees are safer and significantly less flammable. Another thing to watch out for are candles. Make sure they are placed away from flammable objects and out of reach from children and pets.
Studies have shown that heart attacks tend to peak during the holiday season. There are several reasons why: holiday stress, heavy meals, overeating, skipping medications and ignoring chest pain. Help avoid a deadly heart attack by skipping out on high-stress situations, eating in moderation and paying attention to how you feel. If you notice heart attack symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
Although we strongly recommend people stay home for the holidays, you’ll likely still need to get out to go to work or gather essential items. Stay safe on the roads by always wearing your seatbelt, keeping your eyes on the road at all times and never driving under the influence.
Slips and Falls
Hoping to light up your home in a way that rivals the Griswold family in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”? Be extra cautious when hanging lights and other decorations – if you’re not careful it can lead to a slip or fall. Stay safe by making sure your ladder is on stable ground and avoid overreaching to hang decorations.
What’s the holiday season without delicious sips and eats? But with food front and center, there’s also a higher risk of contracting food poisoning. To avoid getting sick, use a meat thermometer to make sure your turkey and ham are cooked to the proper temperatures. Also, avoid cross contamination by using separate cutting boards for meat and other foods, and wash your hands throughout the cooking process.
Get More Holiday Safety Tips
Make this year’s holiday season festive and safe. For more holiday safety tips, reach out to your primary care provider. To find a primary care provider near you, contact your health insurance provider.
As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year!” But if you’re not careful, it can also be a dangerous time of year.
This year’s holiday season will look a bit different due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead of large group gatherings, people are urged to stay home and celebrate with those in their own households. Instead of getting together in-person with extended family and friends, we urge people to connect virtually.
But even with all that’s changed, some things – like holiday health hazards – remain. Check out eight common holiday health hazards and learn what steps you can take to avoid them. View slideshow