December 23, 2013

Maury Regional Medical Center offers holiday safety tips

COLUMBIA, Tenn. — Holidays are a time for fun and happiness but they also happen to be the season when hospitals are their busiest. With this in mind, Maury Regional Medical Center reminds us to pay special attention to our health and safety during the holidays. Here are some tips to keep in mind: 

  • Wash hands often – keeping our hands clean is one of the easiest and most important steps toward avoiding and spreading illness. Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. No tissue? Cough or sneeze into your upper sleeve or elbow, not your hands.
  • Stay warm and dry. Cold temperatures can cause serious health problems, especially in infants and older adults. Dress warmly in several layers of loose fitting, tightly woven clothing.
  • Don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry and be sure to keep them all clean. Follow guidelines to be sure that all food is properly cooked before being consumed.
  • Get check-ups and vaccinations. Schedule a check-up with your regular health care provider for a yearly exam and ask what vaccinations he recommends based on your personal medical history and lifestyle.
  • Keep a watchful eye on your children. Keep potential choking hazards out of reach of the younger ones and remind the older kids are about the dangers of not practicing acceptable and safe behavior.
  • Remove any hazardous household items or other fluids from the reach of children and pets.
  • Never leave fireplaces, stoves or candles unattended.

For more tips on keeping your family safe over the holidays, visit www.cdc/family/holiday.