Thanksgiving is a busy time for families across Dallas. Advance ER wishes your family a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday. On Thanksgiving day, children and visiting relatives often want to be in the center of all the action: the kitchen. Did you know that kitchen-related fires and injuries spike on Thanksgiving Day? We want you to help you avoid emergency room visits during the holidays. Here are our top tips for staying safe while preparing your Thanksgiving meal.
Practice Fire Safety.
Ensure you have a fully charged fire extinguisher in your kitchen. You should never leave lit candles unattended. When was the last time you tested your smoke alarms to see if they are working? Testing is easy; just push the “Test” button on the unit.
Over 3,000 deaths and 17,000 injuries are caused each year by fires in the United States. Practicing fire safety can save lives.
Burns are a common reason for visits to the emergency room on Thanksgiving. Matches, utility lighters and candles should be kept out of children’s reach. Kids should not be left unattended or close to hot stove-tops to avoid serious burns.
Adults should use caution when handling hot food and dishes.
Severe burns require medical attention. The most severe form of burns affects the skin, muscle and bones. The skin may appear blackened or charred. These burns require immediate medical attention.
Curb the Possibility of Cuts
Make sure sharp objects like knives and turkey carvers are out of children’s reach. Young children should not be given sharp knives with their dinner. If necessary, cut meat and other tough items before serving children.
If cuts occur, determine their severity. Complex lacerations may require stitches and thorough cleaning.
Celebrate in Moderation
Many adults drink on Thanksgiving Day or the night before. Always celebrate in moderation. Arrange for a designated driver, use a taxi or ride-sharing service to travel around Dallas if you’ve been drinking.
Symptoms of alcohol poisoning include vomiting, seizures, irregular or slow breathing as well as losing consciousness. If you or a loved one is experiencing symptoms of alcohol poisoning, please seek medical attention
The Advance ER Family Would Like to Wish You and Yours a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving!