Stay Safe over Christmas/New Year

As the Christmas party season gets into full swing, NHS Tayside’s winter health guru Smarty the penguin is issuing a reminder to people to stay safe over the festive period.

Many people across Tayside will be out and about over the next couple of weeks at Christmas and New Year parties and nights out, and when temperatures drop it is important to keep well wrapped up.

Smarty’s advice to party goers is to try to wear several thin layers to help keep warm or at least a coat, hat and gloves which can be taken off when inside.  Smarty said, “We want everyone to enjoy the festive season safely and with cold and wet conditions forecast you need to take extra care on nights out.

“You may be warm indoors but when moving between places or heading home for the night, you could be outside in the cold for longer than you planned. Remember to wrap up warm and make sure you organise transport to get home at the end of the night.”

Consultant in Emergency Medicine Dr Ron Cook added, “Alcohol can inhibit your awareness of the cold and this can lead to accidents and potential hypothermia.  Be aware of how much you are drinking and the number of alcohol units contained within different drinks. It is also important that you do not drive until you are certain you have no alcohol left in your body.

“Wearing high heeled shoes and drinking alcohol can also lead to slips and trips when roads and pavements are icy so take extra care when walking.” 

You can get more information and advice on Smarty’s website www.keepwellinwinter.scot.nhs.uk, at www.facebook.com/NHSTayside or @NHSTayside on Twitter and Instagram.

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