Holiday Injuries Both Big and Small

The holidays are supposed to be a time of joy and peace, but you may find yourself under pressure from the end of October until the beginning of January. “Ho ho ho” turns into “help help help.” Time and money may be in short supply making you push harder and harder to reach the holiday finish line. During this stressful period, you are more likely to be the victim of an accident. You may be involved in a car crash or take a header while stringing those outdoor twinkle lights. And New Year’s Eve? Drunk driving accidents skyrocket, leading to serious injuries as well as fatalities. Since encasing yourself in bubble wrap is not practical, you need to take other steps to protect yourself and your family this holiday season.

Driving Precautions

During the holidays, employing safe driving techniques is essential. The roads will be crowded and, in many parts of the country, the weather is an issue.

  • Get your car checked out well before you travel and get an oil change and tire repairs if necessary.
  • Try to leave a day early for longer trips and several hours for shorter journeys. That way, you will have time to travel at a safe speed and pull off the road when conditions get bad.
  • Make certain that you have a working car charger so that you can call for help when needed. Have your roadside assistance and insurance companies on speed dial.

Also, keep a first aid kit in the car as well as water, snacks, flashlights and blankets in case you are stranded.

Decoration Safety

Decorating your home inside and out may be a treasured tradition at your home, but it’s also an activity that can lead to injuries.

  • When choosing a live tree, make certain it is fresh by pulling on the needles. If they come out easily, keep looking. Also, a fresh tree will have resin gather where the trunk was cut. A dry tree is a serious fire hazard.
  • Consider using candles as a decoration without lighting them. If you do decide to burn them, never leave them unattended.
  • Do not overload your electrical circuits with too many strands of lights.
  • Always have someone support the ladder when you are using it to put Santa on the roof or lights on the eaves.

Food Safety

You can end up with food poisoning during the holiday season if you or others are not careful with food preparation. To avoid a trip to the emergency room, follow the following guidelines:

  • Wash your hands frequently, including after you’ve touched raw food, petted the dog, blown your nose, or been near a sick person.
  • Cook food at the right temperature and for a long enough period. More than a few people are felled by eating an under-cooked turkey during the holidays. Use a meat thermometer to make sure the food is cooked to the right internal temperature.
  • Do not eat raw dough or cake batter. While uncooked cookie dough is the favorite of many children, it can contain salmonella or E.coli.

Gateway Medical Group Services

If you are involved in a holiday accident in the Nashville area, visit Gateway Medical Group. The staff there specializes in personal injury cases of all types, including those caused by holiday activities. Plus, you don’t have to worry about your holiday-depleted bank account. Gateway provides help for those without insurance by offering medical treatment by lien. Your bills will be covered by your legal settlement so you can get the treatment you need without delay.

For more information call Gateway at 615-647-8178. Don’t neglect your health during this busy time. Seek out expert medical treatment if you are injured in an accident.