Seasonal Tips

Protect yourself and your family this winter and practice fire safety in your home. Also be aware of other household hazards by following these tips for the winter:

Be prepared for a home emergency:

  • Test all smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and replace the batteries
  • Hold a family fire drill to show all family members how to get out of your home in an emergency
  • Keep at least one fire extinguisher handy and teach all family members how to use it

Play it safe with space heaters:

  • Keep heaters at least 3 feet away from anything flammable, and always place space heaters on the floor
    Always turn off heaters before you leave the house or go to sleep

Keep flames friendly:

  • Never leave burning candles or fires in fireplaces unattended
  • Keep candles at least one foot from anything flammable
  • Make sure fires and candles are out before you go to sleep

Maybe it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay in. In winter months, you can still get outside for some exercise. Just wear clothes that will keep your hands, feet, and head warm, and shoes that won’t slip on patches of ice. If you plan to exercise hard, dress in layers, so you can take something off if you get too warm.

Work out

  • Ice skate or sled to melt wintertime blues
  • Build a snowman or snow fort and build family togetherness
  • Window shop when the temperature drops – stay warm by walking inside the mall

Cover up

  • Layer winter wear – wear non-cotton clothing closest to your body and wind-resistant gear on the outside
  • Remove layers as you warm up
  • Cover hands, heads and feet to keep warm
  • Have lip balm handy to soothe and prevent chapped lips
  • Winter sun is nice and bright – wear your sunscreen and sunglasses

Be winter wise

  • Check with your doctor before you get moving
  • Take frequent breaks, and if something hurts, stop doing it
  • Stay hydrated by drinking lots of fluids

When the cold weather hits, it’s always tempting to eat starchy, fatty comfort foods. But remember, in the winter months, you and your family might not get enough exercise to burn high-calorie meals. That’s why it’s important to include lots of fruits and vegetables in your winter diet. Not only will this help you maintain a healthy weight, it will give you the vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy.

It may be difficult to find your favorite fruits and vegetables during the winter, but you still have healthy options. You can buy fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and vegetables, too. Look for fruits and vegetables throughout the store – not just in the produce aisle.

Type Fresh Frozen Canned
Positives Lots of nutritional value Same nutritional value as fresh, comes ready for cooking – washed and sliced Easy, less expensive, longer shelf life
Negatives Can be expensive and might not always be in season, shorter shelf life Might not be as crisp or fresh May have already been heated, may already have preservatives, low nutritional value
Tips for buying and preparing Wash well before eating Avoid additives such as butter or cream Buy with low salt or low sugar, rinse well before eating

You and everyone in your family 6 months and older should have a flu shot every year. Take these easy steps to make sure you don't catch the flu this season.

Keep your family’s hands and mittens germ-free:

  • To keep germs away, wash your hands several times a day and always before you cook or eat
  • Keep your hands away from your mouth, nose and eyes
  • Sneeze or cough into a tissue or your elbow, not your hands

Give your body a fighting chance:

  • Feed your body – not the flu; eat breakfast and lots of fruits and vegetables
  • Drink lots of fluids and only eat small amounts of sweets
  • Get plenty of sleep – at least 7 hours a night