Plan for Safer Holidays

The holiday season is about family, friends, togetherness—and sometimes, emergency care . Unfortunately, emergency room visits spike during the holidays, but you don’t have to let an injury or health crisis derail your celebrations. Stay merry, bright, and injury-free all season long with these tips for safer holiday celebrations.

Think Before You Fry
The popularity of fried turkey as a holiday dish has risen dramatically in recent years, and so have hospital visits for emergency care related to a frying disaster. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that at least 672 people have been injured and $8 million in property losses have occurred thanks for turkey frying foul-ups. The best policy is to think of your heart health and to roast your bird instead, or to buy a fried turkey if it is a must for your feast. Although using turkey fryers at home is not recommended, if you are doing to, make sure it is on a flat surface and that the turkey is completely thawed and dry before it enters the oil. The fryer should be 10 feet from your home, and you should always have a fire extinguisher handy.

Keep Food Poisoning Off the Menu
Don’t risk dishing up a gastrointestinal emergency. The holidays are a peak time for food poisoning since so many gatherings involve buffets and potluck-style meals at which food sits out for an extended period of time. Remember to keep hot foods hot, cold foods cold, and to never use items used with raw meats with cooked foods. Don’t let food sit at room temperature for more than two hours.

Dim the Risk of Candle Fires
Candles are an essential part of the holidays, but they also require special attention to be used safely. Never leave candles unattended, and keep them on flat, stable surfaced away from trees, curtains, paper, and fabrics. Don’t leave kids and candles alone, as the flicker of the flame could be too hard for unsupervised children to resist.

If trouble does strike this holiday season, MountainView Hospital is here with emergency care in Las Vegas around the clock, 365 days per year. Visit our ER when you need help, or call us to find out more about our hospital services at 702-233-5300.

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