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The Monterey County Health Department wishes you and yours a very happy holiday season.
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To help you keep your holidays healthy we are sharing information about various issues.
To start - lets talk about food safety. Dinners, potlucks, lunches, snacks... the holidays bring us food, it is important to think about keeping food safe.
Food Safety Tips for a Safe and Healthy Holiday Season
To keep your family and friends well this holiday season, please remember to follow food safety guidelines. The majority of food borne illness stems from inadequate handwashing, cross contamination, improper cooking, heating and cooling Read more
Even more information available at www.holidayfoodsafety.org
Parties often come with alcohol
Drinking and driving do not mix.
Help ensure everyone’s safety this holiday season:
- Designate a sober driver before celebrations begin.
- Never serve those under the age of 21 alcohol.
- Plan safe parties, including providing non-alcoholic drink options to guests & not serving alcohol the last hour of the gathering
- Be prepared to get everyone home safe in case your plans or individual circumstances change
Managing diabetes during the holidays
Having diabetes shouldn't stop you from enjoying holiday celebrations and travel. With some planning and a little work, you can stay healthy on the road and at holiday gatherings with friends and family.
The most important step in managing diabetes during holiday travel and festivities is preparing. Know what you'll be eating, how to enjoy a few traditional favorites while sticking with a healthy meal plan, and how to pack necessary supplies for a trip, and you're all set to celebrate!
Talk to your health care provider and check out the CDC's webpage for more information.
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The holiday season is here, and that means many children will be given toys as gifts. While new toys are a holiday tradition, parents should be aware of potential lead hazards associated with toys, including toy jewelry. Review these important facts to keep your children safe this holiday season.
Lead is invisible to the naked eye and has no smell. Children may be exposed to it from consumer products through normal handling of the product. They often place toys and other objects, as well as their fingers that have touched these objects, in their mouth, which exposes them to lead paint or dust.
Lead in Toys
Toys that have been made in other countries and then imported into the United States, or antique toys or collectibles passed down through generations; often contain lead that puts children at risk for such exposure.
To avoid lead hazards, consider creative toy alternatives
List of creative safe age appropriate toys
In addition to paint, lead may be found in products containing vinyl, plastic, or metal
Some examples include: some soft plastic items, vinyl lunch boxes, metal charms, hard plastic toys, children’s jewelry, and products purchased from vending machines.
Check the recall list for any toys you are considering buying (www.cpsc.gov)
Recalled toys should be returned to the manufacturer or store where purchased. See also www.healthytoys.org
To protect yourself and your family in cold weather, remember to wear several layers of clothing, add extra blankets to beds and be alert for the symptoms of exposure. Monitor family members and those around you who are at greatest risk from exposure, such as seniors, young children and people with underlying illnesses or chronic conditions.
Symptoms of Exposure
- Confusion, dizziness, exhaustion and shivering are signs of possible hypothermia. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek medical attention immediately.
- Gray, white or yellow skin discoloration, numbness, or waxy skin are symptoms of frostbite. If you experience any of these symptoms, seek immediate medical attention.
- In the case of overexposure to freezing temperatures, remove wet clothing and immediately warm the body with a blanket or warm fluids like hot cider or soup. Avoid caffeine or alcohol.
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
In the last few years two local families were sickened by carbon monoxide when they brought barbeques into the house for additional warmth.
These events should remind us to be careful when dealing with any fuel-burning appliance.
Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous and odorless gas that does not irritate, but can kill a person in minutes. Carbon monoxide is produced whenever any fuel such as gas, oil, kerosene, wood, or charcoal is burned.
“Carbon monoxide poisoning is preventable” says Dr.Lisa Hernandez, Health Officer for the Monterey County, “Generators, grills, camp stoves, or other gasoline, propane, natural gas, or charcoal-burning devices should never be used inside a home, basement, garage, or camper - or even outside near an open window.”
Follow these tips to avoid accidental injury or death from carbon monoxide:
- Never burn charcoal inside homes, tents, campers, vans, trucks, garages, or mobile homes. Do not burn charcoal in the fireplace in your home.
- Do not warm up your vehicle by idling the engine inside an attached garage
- Have your gas or oil burning furnace inspected for leaks and serviced by a professional each year
- Hire a professional to inspect and service all chimneys and vents. A blocked vent (from soot or a birds nest, for example) can cause carbon monoxide to back up into the house
- Avoid combustion “space heaters” unless there is an exhaust vent. Don't place a space heater within three feet of anything that may catch on fire, and never cover a space heater.
- Install certified carbon monoxide warning devices in hallways outside bedrooms. These devices should not replace the other prevention steps.
Each year fires occurring during the holiday season injure 2,600 individuals and cause over $930 million in damage. Here are simple steps you can take to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for your family.
The holidays are a time of parties, family get-togethers and catching up with old friends, all of which add up to a lot of personal contact. With the flu season and the holiday season converging, you may be tempted to put your holiday plans on hold. But you can still be a social butterfly and go to all those holiday parties – while taking these precautions to stay healthy, provided by Ryerson University:
Cough in your sleeve
If you feel a cough or sneeze coming on, be sure to cough in your sleeve or the inside of your sweater or jacket to avoid spreading any microbes to people standing near you at a party. A cough or sneeze can contaminate the air and surfaces with virus up to six feet away.
Wash your hands
This is easily the most potent way to stop the spread respiratory virus in the community. Always wash your hands after blowing your nose, using the washroom, and before you start digging into the sandwich tray or the appetizers at a party.
Cada año los incendios producidos durante las fiestas lastiman a 2,600 personas y provocan daños por más de $930 millones. A continuación detallamos algunos pasos simples que puede seguir para asegurar que su familia pase unas fiestas seguras y felices.
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