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How NOT to Land in the E.R. this Independence Day

Posted on Fri, Jul 04, 2014

While Independence Day is a time for fun, family and friends, it’s also a time when E.R. visits spike. Here are a few resources to help you avoid some of the most common things we see in the E.R. around this holiday.
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FIREWORKS

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 200 people on average visit the emergency room every day for fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4th holiday. Read this post from Baylor Medical Director, Elizabeth Fagan to learn the do’s and don’ts of fireworks safety.

FOOD POISONING

Step away from the counter! Marinating and thawing meat on the counter are just 2 common mistakes people make when it comes to food safety that can land them in the E.R. Find out the other 8 surprising food safety mistakes you need to avoid with this helpful list from FoodSafety.gov.

DROWNING

Do you know what drowning looks like? According to MedicalNewsToday.com, drowning looks very different from what most people think. Read this post to ensure that you really know what drowning looks like so that you and your family are safe.

VEHICULAR ACCIDENTS

We all know that we need to be extra careful when driving cars during holidays, but cars aren’t the only vehicles that should be of concern. Visit the National Safe Boating Council’s website to learn more about boat safety.

ALCOHOL
Many of the items on the list become more risky when alcohol is added. In fact, a fact sheet on alcohol use and health from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) notes that 80,000 deaths every year in the US are caused by excessive alcohol use. Don’t become a statistic, always remember to drink responsibly and monitor the alcohol intake of family and friends.

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