December 1, 2013
December is here, and with it
comes the hustle and bustle of the season; the holiday
parties, plays, concerts and festive family gatherings that
can leave us exhilarated, uplifted and often, exhausted!
Whether you are staying home this year or traveling over the
river and through the woods, take time to remember the
little things – the important things – and take a deep
breath before you wrap that first gift or hang your first
Gathered here for your convenience
are all the tips, lists and information you need to make
these holidays your safest, happiest yet! Enjoy!
Ten Steps to a Less Stressful
Read the entire article here.
start with you – instead of stressing, follow these tips to
lighten the load this season. If mom and dad are happy, the
entire family can follow suit.
- Ask for your family’s input.
- Spend the holidays at home this year.
- Limit the optional events.
- Resist the urge to be Martha Stewart.
- Get choosy about Christmas/Hannukah/Kwanzaa cards
- Stress the spiritual.
- Winnow the wish list.
- Don’t shop ‘til you drop!
- Hire some of Santa’s helpers.
- Give yourself a time out.
Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
your house. You don’t have to dress it up like the
Griswold’s, but even simple candle lights could be
hazardous. See some general tips below, and download a
"Holiday Decorating Safety Tips" brochure from the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (PDF).
- Keep matches, lighters, and candles out of the reach
- Avoid smoking near flammable decorations.
- Make an emergency plan to use if a fire breaks out
anywhere in the home. See that each family member knows
what to do. PRACTICE THE PLAN!
- Avoid wearing loose flowing clothes—particularly
long, open sleeves—near open flames - such as those of a
fireplace, stove, or candlelit table.
- Never burn candles near evergreens. Burning
evergreens in the fireplace can also be hazardous. When
dry, greens burn like tinder. Flames can flare out of
control, and send sparks flying into a room, or up the
chimney to ignite creosote deposits.
- Plan for safety. Remember, there is no substitute
for common sense. Look for and eliminate potential
danger spots near candles, fireplaces, trees, and/or
Winter Activity Safety TipsDo your
plans include outside activities like sledding, skiing and
snowman-making? Follow these tips to avoid exposure
accidents and other hazards. Also see the
American Academy of Pediatrics in-depth tips
for keeping your children safe and warm during the winter
- Know the Signs of HypothermiaAccording to the National Institute of Health,
anyone who spends extended periods outside in cold
winter temperatures is at risk for hypothermia.
Hypothermia can happen when your body temperature drops
from its usual 98.6 degrees. It is a medical emergency
if a person's temperature is 95 degrees or less.
In addition to the lowered temperature, someone
experiencing hypothermia may have the following
symptoms: Confusion, Clumsiness and stumbling, Dizziness
and drowsiness, Shivering, Slurred speech, and Weak
pulse and slow breathing
- Dress AppropriatelyWhen heading outdoors to participate in wintertime
activities, whether you'll be hiking, skiing, shoveling
snow from your driveway, or any other outdoor activity,
make sure that you dress warmly. It's wise to dress in
layers when you'll be exerting yourself in frigid
temperatures so that you can start out properly
insulated and then shed layers as your body temperature
starts to rise as a result of your level of activity.
- Use Caution on Frozen Lakes and RiversAccording to the Minnesota Department of Natural
Resources, it can be very difficult to tell whether ice
is solid just from looking at it. The color or thickness
of the ice will not necessarily tell you how much weight
it can support. In general, new ice, which has formed in
the last couple of weeks, is stronger than ice that has
been there for months. Ice on moving water, such as
rivers, is generally weaker than ice on lakes. Always
consult your local DNR about ice safety before heading
out on the lake for ice fishing, ice skating, or other
- Use Proper Equipment Skiing and snowboarding can be enjoyable winter
pastimes, but you still need to keep personal safety in
mind when you venture out onto the slopes. Wearing a
helmet will help to prevent head injuries. If you don't
own the right equipment, rent it from the ski resort.
Many winter sports require specific equipment. Make sure
that your equipment is in good condition and properly
maintained. It's also important to make sure that sized
items, such as snow ski boots and ice skates, are
properly fitted. Because children grow so rapidly,
there's a good chance they'll need a larger size each
- Take Regular BreaksTaking breaks at regular intervals is a good idea
when you are enjoying the great outdoors in the winter.
Go inside to warm up and get a snack and something to
drink. While it may tempting to go on one more run as
the day winds down, a safer choice may be not to push
yourself if you are already tired.
- Tell Someone About Your PlansBefore you head out in the snow, tell someone where
you are going and what time you will be coming back.
That way, if you are overdue, someone can alert
authorities to start searching for you. It's also
important to stay on well-marked trails. Take a trail
map with you and keep track of where you are while
snowmobiling or skiing.
Winter Weather Preparedness
Ice, snow, sleet and
wind are cause for concern. Whatever you are doing this
season, pay attention to the weather reports and respond
accordingly. Plan now BEFORE a storm strikes using the
materials & information below.
What can I do right now to help my
(PDF) | FEMA’s
"Are You Ready?"
The most important thing you can do right now is to
prepare your supply kit and your evacuation plan. As they
say, your best defense is a good offense! Click these links
for printable checklists:
Where can I go if I need to
evacuate my home?CLICK
HERE for a PDF map of evacuation routes).
The motto "follow the blue dots to safety" will help you
remember – every "Coastal Evacuation Route" road is marked
with a blue dot/arrow combination. If you need to go to a
shelter, listen to the radio or watch local TV to find out
where to go. Roland Rogers and GTMS ARE shelters during
storms (no pets are allowed), and may be the closest and
safest option for your family.
If an evacuation is called for the area, your best bet
is to follow local evacuation routes (
Who do I turn to for storm
You can also consider purchasing a NOAA weather radio that
only broadcasts weather information. Check here for more
Most local television and radio stations will broadcast
information (as possible) before, during and after the
storm. You can sign up for community notification alerts
from the county by
Where can I get help if I need
Atlantic County Office of Emergency Management:
New Jersey State Police Office of Emergency Management:
American Red Cross Southern Shore Chapter:
Salvation Army NJ Division; Atlantic City Corps:
Finally, winter break can feel
like a very long time if you don’t have anything to do.
Below are links to some activities for your children and
family, as well as lists of favorite seasonal books and
movies to keep everyone occupied and happy!
Fun Physical Winter Activities (CLICK
You don’t even have to leave the house for these – fun
for the whole family!
TV-Free Winter Activities (CLICK
11 activities to do with your family that are television
free – read on!
Winter Science Experiments (CLICK
Your budding meteorologist will have a ton to do when
the snow starts falling!
Favorite Winter-Themed Children’s
- It's Winter -
Celebrate the Season by Linda Glaser (Toddler –
- Poppleton in Winter by Cynthia Rylant,
Mark Teague (Illustrator) (Toddler – Elementary)
by Anna Grossnickle Hines (Illustrator) (Toddler –
by Lynn Plourde, Greg Couch (Illustrator) (Toddler –
Winter Room by Gary Paulsen (Grades 5 and up)
Secret Life of a Snowflake: An Up-Close Look at the Art and
Science of Snowflakes
Kenneth Libbrecht (Grades 4 and up)
Best Winter Break/Holiday
- "Happy Feet" (PG: Ages 5+)
- "Ice Age" (PG; Ages 6+)
- "March of the Penguins" (G; Ages 6+)
- "It’s a Wonderful Life" (NR; All Ages)
- "Muppet Family Christmas" (NR; Ages 3+)
- "Prep and Landing" (G; Ages 5+)
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