This article offers you and your family some health and safety tips for family reunions.
Family reunions offer a variety of benefits and opportunities of enjoyment and activities. They are a perfect time to share memories, play games, enjoy traditional foods, become active, and talk to one another.
Family reunions are also a great time to share health and safety traditions.
Health and safety tips for family reunions
The following are a few health and safety tips for family reunions suggested by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
- Be prepared & travel safely – Be sure to buckle up in motor vehicles.
- Do not drink and drive
- Stay cool – Become familiar with heat-related illnesses and ways to stay cool in hot weather. High humidity and hot weather can affect one’s body, especially the elderly and obese, causing dehydration, fever, mental illness and many other personal factors.
- Be cautious of bugs – Use insect and tick repellent for protection from serious infections and Lyme disease. Ticks are out at all times and mosquitoes are prominent during the dusk and dawn hours.
- Drink water – Dehydration can cause dizziness when standing up, decreased urination, and dry throat and mouth. Our bodies need fluid on a regular basis, so drink plenty of water.
- Prevent waste – Use easily recyclable items like paper, plastic and glass.
- Do not cross-contaminate – Separate foods to avoid cross-contamination.
- Thoroughly cook foods
- Promptly refrigerate leftovers
- Be clean – Thoroughly clean all utensils, cutting boards, produce, and counter-tops. Wash your hands to avoid spreading and getting germs.
- Have fun!
There’s nothing like getting together with family and friends to share ideas, talk, play games, and visit each other.
Having a safe and healthy family reunion will be remembered for many years to come by many.
Take time to learn how to protect yourself and family from avoidable and preventable illnesses or accidents. Knowing how to be safe and healthy will be a benefit to all.
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