The Link: Safety During the Holidays

December brings increased travel, holiday gatherings, decorating and gift giving.  These things can  increase the chance of injuries.  All of us at the ipl2 want to keep all of our readers safe, happy, and healthy! Here are some resources that will help!

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Safety on the roads

NEW! AAA Exchange: Roadway Safety

AAA was established in 1902 by a group of auto clubs with the initial purpose to promote the establishment of safe roads. Today AAA is still a non-profit organization of motor clubs that serves more than 51 million members through lobbying and education programs to support roadway safety. Their “Exchange” website contains articles, guidelines, tips, and other materials on many of the issues that surround driving—including speeding, drunk driving, drowsy driving, and general safety tips.

NEW! Global Road Safety Partnership

The Global Road Safety Partnership is hosted by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and is “dedicated to the sustainable reduction of road-crash death and injury in low- and middle-income countries, which suffer 90 per cent of the 1.3 million annual deaths and 50 million serious injuries that arise from road crashes.”

Governors Highway Safety Association: Cell Phone and Texting Laws (find it on the ipl2)

The Governors Highway Safety Association is a non-profit group “representing the state and territorial highway safety offices that implement programs to address behavioral highway safety issues”. This page has state by state distracted driving laws, ways to avoid distraction, research on cell phone use, and more.

US Department of Transportation/Federal Highway Administration Office of Safety (find it on the ipl2)

The Office of Safety at the Department of Transportation “works to reduce the number of crashes on U.S. roadways and the severity of crash impacts”. They work with advocacy groups, State and local highway agencies, and other groups to identify safety needs, and to provide highway user safety awareness and education programs.

Safety in the kitchen

Holiday Food Safety Kit (find it on the ipl2)

Sponsored by the Partnership for Food Safety Education, the Holiday Food Safety Kit includes shopping lists, recipes, and information about safe shopping, preparation, and storage of food especially during the holidays and fun activities for youth.

Keeping the Littlest Holiday Cook Safe (find it on the ipl2)

Underwriters Laboratories (UL), “an independent product safety certification organization,” presents this article with advice on how to make sure your holiday kitchen is a safe environment for youth to assist in, from paying attention to checking for hot surfaces.

Safety Tips: Four Easy Steps (find it on the ipl2)

Washing all foods, using separate cutting boards for meats and veggies, using a food thermometer to ensure doneness of meats, and refrigerating leftovers are four easy steps to make sure that your holiday meals are safe to enjoy without worrying about bacteria and food poisoning. This site, created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, has articles and more information about each of those four steps, as well as fun activities for youth who want to help in the kitchen.

Top 10 Holiday Food Safety Tips (find it on the ipl2)

“It takes skill, timing and organization to pull off a healthy holiday meal with all the dishes that need to be kept at proper temperature…” Written by the director of nutrition for WebMD, this article contains tips from experts about how they make sure the holiday food they serve is safe to eat. It also has advice from food safety experts.

Safety when gift-giving

Safe Holiday Gifts (find it on the ipl2)

This webpage offers a list of fun and healthy holiday gifts for all kids, young and old. There is a list of “health holiday gifts” for adults. It also includes toy safety tips from the nonprofit group Safe Kids Worldwide to suggest safe gifts for children to help celebrate the major holidays during the month of December. It also has a list of ideas for safe and creative gifts for children. This website is sponsored by WebMD.

FTC Consumer Information (find it on the ipl2)

During the holiday season, consumers are shopping more online than ever before. This website is part of the Federal Trade Commission which discusses ways to avoid fraud when shopping, to save money, to understand warranties, and other information to protect yourself when shopping for the holidays whether online or in person.

NEW! Winter Holiday Gift-Giving and Decoration Safety Guide

In this online article, “the American Red Cross in Greater New York reminds parents to use caution when choosing gifts and decking the halls.” Consumers are encouraged to make safety a top priority this holiday season and “Think before you buy,” “Play it safe” when buying for children, and using common sense when purchasing things for the holiday, whether food or decorations, in “Deck the halls.”

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