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Health Hazards to Watch out for in the Festive Season.

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We can all agree that it’s been a tough year for almost everyone. So, it is understandable that many are absolutely looking forward to the holidays.
However, safety is a direction you should endeavour to look towards even as we are all caught up in the hustle and bustle surrounding holiday celebrations.

In this article, we outline some health hazards to watch out for in the festive season and the ways in which you could prevent them.

It is a given that the season is a period of reunions, ceremonies and social get-togethers. But as the pandemic year is rounding off, the last thing you’d want is to put yourself and yours in harm’s way.

Home accidents:

Health Hazards to Watch out for in the Festive Season

The festive period is awash with incidents of home hazards because the season involves a lot of activities which will likely lead to accidents like falls, burns, cuts and even electrocutions.

Be cautious in your use of electronic gadgets, be careful in your cooking and mindful of your environment to minimise if not totally eliminate the chances of these accidents.

Should you have children around, it is imperative to be extra watchful of them this period to make sure they do not engage in games and activities that are prone to danger.
It will also be helpful to have a First Aid box readily available in case of eventualities. A proper administration of first aid treatment can help to reduce the severity of injuries before you can access professional care.
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Top 4 Health Hazards to Watch out for in the Festive Season:

Food poisoning:

Health Hazards to Watch out for in the Festive Season

The norm this season includes eating meals that may not be cooked by you either in parties, ceremonies and reunions. Because of the holiday rush, foods prepared during this time may not be well preserved or sufficiently stored. If proper care is not observed, one of the health hazards to watch out for in this festive season is the risk of food poisoning.

To prevent food poisoning, be careful about what and where you eat. A better choice is to stick to taking presealed drinks in parties and preserved foods.
In your homes, endeavour to wash the beef, mutton or chicken properly. Ensure vegetables and fruits are washed thoroughly.
You will just have to pay extra attention to hygiene especially in the kitchen.

Road accidents:

Health Hazards to Watch out for in the Festive Season

Unfortunately, the yuletide season almost always records an increase in the occurrence of road accidents due to the frequent use of the road in this period. For your safety, you could minimise the frequency of your road travel. It is safer to travel by air (if you can afford it). You could also save some money should you choose to book your flight tickets on time.

Read more on How to Drive Safely in the Festive Season.

Fire outbreaks:

The holidays fall in the Harmattan period, and since the weather is dry, fire outbreaks are one of the very common health hazards to watch out for in the festive season.
Ensure you are cautious about any fire you make be it indoors or outdoors. Another home fire hazard this period is connecting the Christmas lights or lighting Christmas candles. Therefore, extra caution is required at all times.
If you must burn things, stick around the fire to make sure that it is not spreading out.

The young ones will love to use fire crackers for fun in the bustle of the celebration. Endeavour to make sure they handle these ‘bangers’ with care to avoid home accidents or fire outbreaks.

Travelling from your base to celebrate the yuletide holiday is rampant with the season. So, if you have an existing health challenge, visit to continue to be in touch with a physician while you are away. And should any of these health hazards to watch out for in the festive season unfortunately occurs, having to talk to a professional from the comfort of your home may come in handy.

Lastly, do not forget to wash your hands and sanitize them frequently as you enjoy the bliss of social gatherings. Stay safe out there.

Merry Christmas in advance!

from all of us at KompleteCare.

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Joft reply
December 11, 2020 - 9:22 pm

Thanks for this write up.

Clergy reply
December 12, 2020 - 12:07 am

Thanks for sharing

Beavens Ajiduku reply
December 12, 2020 - 8:42 am

A very good reminder for all who wish to have a beautiful celebration in this festive period. The points highlighted in this piece have drawn my attention to some things I normally take for granted at home but with this piece, I’m very well reminded. Thanks, Ginika for this beautiful work.

Oche OGOLEKWU reply
December 12, 2020 - 2:18 pm

The issue of safety precaution against domestic accidents should be brought to forefront like other life-threatening incidences especially during festive periods.
The causes of domestic accidents are not subject to infantile behaviours of children but carelessness on the part many home keepers. Thus, the above information becomes paramount counting on this season of merriment which is entangled with cookings, countless use of water, electrical appliances, sharp objects like knife, razor, chopper etc are very hazardous. Therefore, every home keeper should be at watch . Above all, it will please me if the above information in communicated to every parent or home keeper.
God bless komplete care for caring info.

Anna reply
December 12, 2020 - 3:05 pm

Thanks a lot for enlighten us with this health tips for there is an adage that says “health is wealth”

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Ginika Oluchi Okeke

Ginika is the Lead health writer at KompleteCare. She also doubles as an editor and proofreader for everything that concerns content. When she's not writing content for KompleteCare, you might find her copy-editing works for authors before publication.

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