All Jefferson County Department of Health centers will delay opening (Wednesday, January 17, 2018) until 12:30 pm due to inclement weather.

‘Tis The Season to be Safe

During this Holiday season, we want to help you ensure that your family is safe while enjoying holiday activities. From late November until mid-January, families gather, travel spikes, and parties are scheduled. Here are some basic holiday safety tips you can follow to remain safe and injury free this season.

Decorations:

Putting up decorations account for about 15,000 injuries during the holiday season. Here’s how you can stay safe http://bit.ly/1AQNCn5

  • Decorate the tree with your kids in mind; move ornaments that are breakable or have metal hooks toward the top
  • Always use the proper step ladder; don’t stand on chairs or other furniture
  • Lights are among the best parts of holiday decorating; make sure there are no exposed or frayed wires, loose connections or broken sockets

Fire-starters:

Thousands of deaths are caused by fires, burns and other fire-related injuries every year. Reduce your risk of fire http://bit.ly/1AQNCn5

  • Keep candles out of reach of children
  • Don’t burn candles near trees, curtains or any other flammable items
  • Always unplug tree and holiday lights before leaving home or going to bed

Food Safety:

Feasting with family and friends are a big part of the holiday season, be sure to keep safe from food poisoning and foodborne illness http://bit.ly/2h2AQQU

  • Wash your hands
  • Cook food thoroughly
  • Store leftovers correctly

Traveling:

During the holidays, many people are traveling to spend time with their loved ones. Follow these safe traveling tips: http://bit.ly/1AQNCn5

  • Properly maintain the vehicle and keep an emergency kit with you
  • Be prepared for heavy traffic, and possibly heavy snow
  • Make sure every person in the vehicle is properly buckled up no matter how long or short the distance traveled