Holiday safety tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention include washing hands often, staying warm, getting health checkups and vaccinations, handling stress and staying active. The CDC also recommends safe food handling techniques.
Food preparers should avoid cross-contamination by preparing raw meat, seafood and the like separately from pre-prepared foods and should ensure they cook food to the right temperature. They need to refrigerate food as soon as possible, and store perishable food within two hours.
Proactive steps to prevent holiday injuries include using step stools to help hang decorations, following instructions for fireworks safety, and keeping candles out of the reach of children and pets and away from curtains. People should check their smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors as well.
Because traveling is a big part of holidays, people should pay special attention to wearing seat belts and should follow regulations for child booster seats. They should not drink and drive. In cold areas, people should dress in layers to keep warm and safe and avoid getting sick and spreading illnesses by washing their hands for at least 20 seconds. They need to cough or sneeze into a tissue or their upper sleeve or elbow. They should never cough into their hands.