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Thanksgiving Dinner: Keeping the ER off the Menu

Written by Ankin Law Office

Thanksgiving activities send thousands of people to the emergency room with serious injuries every year. Here’s how to stay safe and keep a trip to the hospital off the menu.

Stay Out of the Hospital This Thanksgiving

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), thousands of people end up in hospital emergency rooms every Thanksgiving due to injuries that range from minor cuts and burns to heart attacks.

Kitchen fires are the number one cause of house fires on Thanksgiving day. In 2016, fire departments across the country responded to an estimated 1,600 house fires that started in the kitchen while cooking Thanksgiving dinners. Fire officials state that kitchen fires often start from spilled liquids, grease buildup, unattended stoves, faulty cooking equipment, and lack of working smoke detectors.

To avoid spending Thanksgiving in the ER, the National Fire Protection Association recommends that people:

  • Never leave food cooking on the stovetop unattended by an adult
  • Keep children away from hot foods and liquids
  • Be careful using sharp knives for chopping and carving
  • Keep the kitchen floor and countertops as clean as possible
  • Avoid using extension cords for cooking
  • Make sure smoke detectors are working properly

Serious cuts and burns are common injuries seen by Chicago injury lawyers during Thanksgiving holidays. The annual Thanksgiving ritual of carving the turkey sends thousands of people to the hospital with severe wounds. Without proper medical treatment, minor cuts and burns can turn into severe injuries through bacterial infections and improper wound care.

When cooking a Thanksgiving turkey in the oven, people should make sure the bird is placed in a strong, secure roasting pan so grease does not spill onto oven surfaces and heating elements. If cooking a turkey in a deep-fryer outdoors, adult supervision is necessary. Many people suffer severe facial and body burns from hot, boiling grease when deep-fryers overheat and explode without warning. For safety, people should stay at least five feet away from the deep-fryer and keep children away from the cooking area at all times.

Thanksgiving is a special day meant for good food, family gatherings, friendly conversations, and fond memories. Following these safety tips can help make sure loved ones will be around to celebrate again next year.

Categories: Personal Injury