Fall is quickly approaching, be sure you are prepared and stay healthy with these simple tips.

The Flu

When trying to avoid the flu, it is a good idea to make sure that you kill any viruses that you may come in contact with. Constantly washing your hands is a good way to kill potential viruses. Be sure to use hot water with soap every time you use the bathroom and before each meal. It is recommended that you scrub your hands for at least 60 seconds to make sure that you are completely killing all bacteria on your hands.

Sleep is essential to staying healthy. Establishing a sleep pattern and making sure that you are getting a full nights rest each night, can help to fight off the flu. The stronger and healthier your body is will help reduce your chances of picking up the flu virus this fall.

The flu shot is highly recommended for all adults, and they are especially recommended for those adults with any health conditions such as heart disease, diabetes, etc. Be sure to check with your doctor or health department to find out when the flu shot becomes available. Often times your doctor can administer the shot at a regular check-up.

Exercise

Don’t let bad weather keep you from exercising. A decrease in physical activity, especially between the ages of 50 to 70, has extremely negative consequences, so be sure to exercise all year-long. If you are located in an area with harsh outdoor conditions during fall and winter try walking around an indoor mall, light aerobic exercises at home, or at gym.  Also make sure you remember to drink lots of fluids, seniors  have a higher risk of dehydration.

Home Safety

Check your smoke detectors twice a year, once in the spring and once in the fall. This will help ensure your safety in the event of a home fire. During the fall and winter seasons it is also important to make sure that the driveways and walkways are free from ice and snow, this will help to prevent any slips and falls. (Check out these fall prevention tips here)

As weather conditions worse, the risk of a power outage increase. It is critical to be properly prepared in the event of a sudden power outage. Flashlights are going to be the safest and most reliable light source. Store the flashlights with fresh batteries throughout your house, and place them in easy to reach areas. When these outages occur you are likely going to want to get in touch with someone who can help you. House phones use electricity whether they are cordless or not, which is why it is important to have a cell phone nearby that you can use to get the help you need.

Heating System

Be sure to have your heating system checked and cleaned before you use it. This is a general safety precaution, you never want to run your heater without it being cleaned or inspected. It is  important to check for leaks, dust, and mold that may make you sick.

We want to know, what are some ways you prepare for fall?