Danger doesn’t take a holiday. It’s in full swing especially when people are merrymaking. Watch out from the following offspring of danger.
Fireworks are part of the holiday celebrations in the Philippines, but it can’t all be fun and games. Last year, fireworks-related accidents rose to over 800 cases nationwide. The victims of most cases were children and teenagers. 37% were bystanders. So, whether you participate or not, you are not safe, but you can be if you make sure you are extra aware of your environment. Designate an area where your relatives can light firecrackers. Do not wander outside unfamiliar territory where firecrackers are scattered on the ground. Do not pick up lit firecrackers, whether it exploded or not. Make sure that intoxicated people don’t have access to firecrackers or guns. Keep an eye on the kids! Provide them with other fun and safer activities. Not only can you lose fingers or sustain injuries, tetanus is a possibility. Firecrackers can also lead to actual fire that burn down houses. The fun of using fireworks doesn’t outweigh the risks. But if you really want to light some this season, remember that vigilance is key to surviving the holiday danger. (Source: www.gov.ph)
Food Poisoning and Excessive Eating
Christmas is just around the corner and Christmas parties are all set this December. Devouring copious amount of food is a tradition, but danger is just waiting for you to take the first bite. For the provision of food, remember the following: be absolutely sure that food was cooked right especially meat, store food properly, do not leave cooked food in a warm temperature for a long period of time, re-heat previously cooked meals, observe proper hygiene, check the expiration date of ingredients, make sure that ingredients are fresh and obtained from trusted and certified sellers. Common symptoms of food poisoning are as follows: nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, stomach pain, and fever. (Source: www.nhs.uk)
Believe it or not, there is such a thing as over-eating, it may cause discomfort, vomiting, or worse, guilt. Sure, you can let loose and let your animalistic side take over, but is it really worth it? After stuffing your face with food, the guilt sets in. It’s at the back of your mind weighing you calorie intake. Watch the amount of food you eat. Take home food instead.
The Yuletide season brings in food, gifts, and also relatives and friends that you haven’t seen in a while or you ignored for the better part of 2015. Some may think that social interactions are harmless, but for some it is like the finals during the end of the world. Anxiety sets in, cold sweat becomes your second skin. But fear not, this situation can be avoided! Prepare yourself mentally and physically beforehand. A one on one conversation with yourself can do wonders to your mind. Do a quick research on what your relatives have been up to so you can bring it up when you interact with them. Lighthearted insults from your aunts and uncles are to be expected (Ex. Ang taba mo na ah.) Laugh along with them. Shake it off. Help out with the party chores to avoid interactions. Just take it easy this Christmas. You’re not going on a job interview.
Vehicular accidents are caused by many factors. Two of those factors are exhaustion and intoxication. Christmas parties are fun, but draining. Sometimes we travel far to visit relatives. There should at least be two designated drivers. If you are too tired, just hail a tricycle or taxi or request to stay the night. Avoid consuming alcohol. Give your keys to someone else so that person can assess whether you are fit to travel or drive. Avoid driving late into the night or at dawn. There may not be enough streetlights, or there may be environmental factors that can make driving difficult. Some drivers are just too careless, be attentive of the road.
There can be various ways that danger can ruin your celebrations. The best way to fight it is to be ready for anything.