Summer is officially over and headed our way is some great fall weather in Keokuk. With fall, however, comes a lot of changes. Kids are back to to school helping sickness spread easily, Halloween is almost here, and the sun sets sooner.
Here are five ways to help keep you and your family and friends healthy and safe this fall.
- Even though it is getting darker sooner, that doesn’t mean your children have to stop playing. Get your kids involved with fun indoor activities, like crafting or building forts, to keep their minds and bodies active. Here are some fun games to play indoors.
- Get the flu shot. Regardless of whether you have to drag yourself (or your kids) kicking and screaming into the doctor’s office, go get the flu shot. Also remember to cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough and sneeze to prevent spreading germs and always stay home from work if you get sick.
- Have a safe and healthy Halloween! If going out at night, be sure to bring a flashlight and try to mostly walk in well lit and populated areas. There are plenty of healthy snacks out there that kids love, so opt for healthy snack to give out, rather than the traditional sugar-filled candy.
- Test batteries. With the cold weather comes use of fireplaces. Check and replace your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide monitors at least once a year.
- Remember food safety! With food being the main attraction at most get-together in the fall and winter, make sure you clean all surfaces and practice basic food safety rules, like thoroughly washing all items that touch raw chicken.
With the right precautions and planning, it’s possible to have happy and healthy fall and winter season. What happens during Fall and Winter in your neighborhood that could use some safety tips?