Holiday Hazards to Be Aware of This Season
Your family’s safety is important throughout the year, but the holiday season brings certain safety risks you should be aware of. Following some basic safety guidelines can protect your family from these hazards, but it’s also a good idea to know where the nearest emergency care department is—just in case. If you’re in the Las Vegas area this holiday season, you can always count on the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center.
Food poisoning might not seem like a major problem, but some foodborne illnesses can cause severe symptoms and complications, particularly in vulnerable people like young children and pregnant women. When food is allowed to stay out at room temperature for too long or is improperly prepared, your family and guests are at risk of symptoms like nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and flu-like symptoms. Prevent foodborne illnesses by refrigerating foods properly, cooking foods to the correct internal temperature, and limiting the time that foods remain on a buffet table.
You might not be surprised to learn that drunk driving is more prevalent during the holidays. One likely reason for this is that holiday parties often feature alcoholic beverages. It’s essential to designate a sober driver for the safety of everyone on the roadways. If you suspect that another driver near you is intoxicated, keep your distance. Memorize the license plate number if possible, pull over, and call the police. Be prepared to give your location, the direction the intoxicated driver was traveling, and a description of the vehicle.
It’s a common misconception that if a toy is on a store shelf, it must be safe for use. In fact, dangerous and defective toys cause a wide range of injuries each year. Protect your children by checking each toy for a safety label. Avoid purchasing toys that feature projectiles or sharp objects. Young children should not have access to small toys or toys with small parts.
When a serious medical problem occurs, call 911 promptly. Non-emergent inquiries about Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center may be directed to our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300. Our fully equipped hospital in Las Vegas is a leading provider of emergency care, stroke care, and heart health services.