The holiday season is in full swing! For many of us, it is the time of year when there are decorations to hang, errands to run, family to see, and more errands to run. The hustle and bustle can often leave us distracted, in a hurry, and neglecting our own personal health. It’s easy to forget simple safety when time just doesn’t seem to allow it. Colder temperatures and chaotic schedules can increase the risk of personal injury, and our orthopedic providers at The Center want to see you reach the New Year on both feet, in good health, and in good spirits.
We encourage you to follow these holiday safety tips and to pay special attention to your health and wellness as you cross to-dos off your list and enjoy this joyous season.
Safety Tips to Keep In Mind During the Holidays
No drinking and decorating
Save the cocktail, beer, or wine for enjoying your decorations after they have all been hung. Alcohol impairs our judgment and balance, increasing our risk of injury when using ladders and other tools.
Use a proper ladder
Make sure your ladder is in proper working order before using. Do not use your ladder if any part of it is broken, and avoid climbing on furniture. Always use a spotter while the ladder is being used.
Pack light and don’t rush
Heavy luggage can cause unnecessary injury if mishandled. Take your time when traveling, especially if you have pre-existing back or next pain, and don’t be shy to ask for help when placing luggage into cars and overhead compartments.
Use proper lifting techniques
Always bend your hips and knees to squat down to lift heavy items. Keep items close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift. Avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.
Temperatures are dropping making for dangerous road conditions. Allow plenty of time to brake as you approach stop signs and red lights, and reduce speed in hazardous conditions.
Wear proper footwear
Wear shoes that will give you added traction in the snow and ice. If you find yourself falling, try to fall on your side or buttocks. Roll over naturally, turning your head in the direction of the roll.
Warm up muscles properly
With colder temperatures, our bodies need a little extra time to warm up before physical activity. Warm up your muscles before any winter-sport activity with light exercise for 10 minutes and replenish fluids to prevent dehydration.
Ask for help
When in doubt, always ask for assistance. Even if it seems like an inconvenience, it is not worth risking your long-term health and wellness.
Happy Holidays from all of us at The Center!