Holiday Mishaps that May Result in a Visit to the ER

Before you and your family get wrapped up in the whimsical festivities of the holidays, there are some health and safety concerns that you should be aware of so that you can enjoy time together at home, not in the emergency room. The ER at Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center, offering short wait times and accurate care, is available to you if you or a loved one experiences a holiday emergency . We hope that you can steer clear of the following common holiday injuries this year.

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Falls

Use extra caution when you decorate your home this year, especially when you need to use a ladder to hang lights or put on the tree topper. Always make sure that ladders and step stools are on solid, flat surfaces, and move carefully as you climb and descend the steps.

Burns

Because your home’s kitchen might see some extra traffic this time of year as you prepare your holiday meals, burn safety should be a priority. Encourage your holiday guests to gather away from the kitchen and keep all cooking surfaces clear of clutter. These strategies will reduce the chances for burn injuries resulting from holiday meal preparation .

Car accidents

When the roads are crowded with holiday traffic, the likelihood for collision is much higher. Drive carefully this holiday season, and always use a designated driver when you plan on drinking alcoholic beverages at holiday festivities. If you are driving with children in the car, make sure they have age-appropriate seating arrangements. Everyone in the car should be wearing a seatbelt so that injuries are minimal if an accident does occur.

If you do need emergency care this holiday season, head to Sunrise Hospital & Medical Center in Las Vegas any time of the day, any day of the year. We can help you stay health savvy on-the-road too when you download our iTriage Symptom Checker app for smartphones. Learn more on our website or call us at (702) 233-5300.

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