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Potential Problem: Allergies
Common Causes: Dusty Decorations
Grab those wipes and clean all your festive decor before bringing it into common areas. Use a HEPA-filter vacuum after ornaments and wreaths go up and again as soon as you take them down. Store items in plastic too.
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Potential Problem: Back Strain
Common Causes: Carrying heavy items, shoveling
When lifting bulky boxes and bags, stand as close to the object as possible, pull it into your body and use your biceps to pick it up. Also engage your thigh muscles and push through your legs. If you're shoveling, limit how much snow you scoop each time and use your legs for more power.
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Potential Problem: Food Poisoning
Common Causes: Keeping food on the table for too long; storing food at the wrong temperature
Never leave food out for longer than two hours. Keep hot dishes in the oven at 200 to 250 degrees, and leave cold platters in the fridge until right before serving. Reheat leftovers to an internal temperature of 165 degrees, confirmed with a thermometer.
Sources: Bryan Martin, DO, president of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology; Robert Hayden DC, PhD, spokesperson for the American Chiropractic Association; NSF International