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The winter months bring the excitement of the holidays and spending time with family and friends. However; with freezing temperatures, the spread of colds and flu, and more time spent indoors, the winter months can also take a toll on your health and safety. Here are some tips to make sure you stay safe and healthy when the temperatures begin to fall.

Prepare Your Home

  • Install weather stripping, insulation, and storm windows to keep out the cold.
  • Have your heating unit serviced to make sure it is working properly.
  • Insulate water lines that run along the exterior walls of your home.
  • Have your fireplace and chimney inspected and cleaned.
  • Fully extinguish all flames before leaving the house or going to bed.
  • Install smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and check the batteries monthly.
  • Unplug devices such as space heaters and heating blankets before you go to sleep to reduce the risk of fires.
  • Apply salt to your driveway and any walkways leading to your home to reduce the risk of falls due to ice.

Prepare Your Car

  • Service the radiator and maintain an appropriate level of antifreeze.
  • Check the tread on your tires; install snow or all-weather tires if necessary.
  • Ensure that your windshield washer fluid is full, and use a winter formula.
  • Keep a winter emergency kit in your car that includes: a blanket, flashlight with extra batteries, water, food, jumper cables, flares, tire pump, bag of sand or cat litter, battery-operated radio, first aid kit, compass, maps, cell phone, portable charger
  • Keep your gas tank full.

Maintain Good Health

  • Wash your hands frequently to prevent the spread of colds and flu.
  • Take vitamin C and D supplements to boost your immune system and make up for the lack of sunlight experienced during the winter.
  • Drink herbal teas to stay healthy and ease depression and anxiety.
  • Eat a high protein breakfast to keep your energy up throughout the day.
  • Keep healthy snacks on hand.
  • Maintain an exercise routine. There are plenty of online resources for working out in the comfort of your own home.
  • Get out and about when you can. Take a walk and enjoy some fresh air and sunlight, or meet up with friends to boost your mood and prevent cabin fever.