Thanksgiving is nearly here, and with it comes plenty of activity, both good and bad. For many people, Thanksgiving and the weeks beyond are a time to come together with family and friends. However, as many of us remember from our childhood, there are always a few people that have to bear the grunt work that is inherent to holidays. Cooking food, keeping the house clean, decorating and more all require extra attention, and with the extra activity comes new opportunities for injury. Our Irving clinic wanted to put together a few tips on how to make this holiday season your safest yet.
- Set and keep an eye on food timers
One of the most common dangers during the holiday is fire, and while fires can pop up in unexpected ways, fire and cooking go together hand-in-hand. Leave something in the oven too long and it can burn, causing smoke. A pan left on the range can become unexpectedly hot. There are many things that can go wrong in the kitchen. One of the best way to avoid the most common hazards is to set a cooking timer. Even if you forget what the timer is for, the alarm will bring you into the kitchen where you can look out for hazards.
- Don’t overload outlets
The day after Thanksgiving is one of the most popular days to put up winter holiday lights. Be extremely cautious, as overloading outlets can be very easy to do with Christmas lights. In general, follow the instructions on the lights. Do not load power cords into other power cords. Try to limit the number of lights you string together as well, as they can overload.
- Avoid stressful situations
Unfortunately, the holidays are also one of the most common times of suicide. There are a variety of helplines out there that will help you in times of despair. The national Suicide Prevention Lifeline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 all day, and you can also visit their website at suicidepreventionlifeline.org. Anxiety can also build and result in finding unhealthy outlets, such as alcohol and other substances. If you feel yourself turning towards these things or see someone in your family who is, encourage them to talk to a professional.
We hope you have a great holiday season this year filled with plenty of cheer. Avoid these common hazards and focus on having a great time relaxing with friends and family!