Staying Safe and Healthy This Winter
Friday February 8, 2019
We’ve made it through one of the worst cold snaps this country has ever seen, but winter isn’t out of our hair yet! Though the snow is melting away, all of our worries definitely aren’t going with it! The Branch-Hillsdale-St. Joseph Community Health Agency wants to remind residents that safety should remain a priority during the coming months.
It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The 2nd child death due to complications with the flu in Michigan was recently reported in a child from Alpena. Call your local office to schedule an appointment to get your flu shot, and any other vaccines that you may need.
In addition to the flu shot, proper handwashing is the best way to prevent the spread of germs. Remember to wash with warm, soapy water for AT LEAST 20 seconds. Washing hands before meals and after using the restroom are prime times, but be sure to wash your hands as necessary throughout the day.
Keep your car stocked with necessities in case you end up stranded:
New windshield wipers and washer solvent
Food and water
Boots, Gloves and a Hat
Gas and Cash
Cell Phone Car Charger
Jumper Cables or Portable Battery Booster
Emergency Flares and a Flashlight
First Aid Kit
When the snow returns, getting outdoors for some fresh air is a great way to cure cabin fever. Just remember to keep hats, scarves and mittens on. Kiddos might think that they don’t need to bundle up, but our job as parents is to keep them safe and WARM.
“Depending on how you feel about the cold and snowy weather, winter can be a stressful time for some,” says Jim Cook, Emergency Preparedness Coordinator at the tri-county health agency. “Being prepared and doing everything you can to stay healthy can help alleviate some of those feelings during these long winter months.”