The holiday season is upon us! And while Thanksgiving is often full of family, food and lots to do, it’s important to acknowledge the increased risks that come with the enjoyment of holiday activities, whether it be hoisting a piping hot 25-pound turkey out of the oven or participating in a game of football in the yard.
By recognizing and understanding the dangers of each activity, you can protect yourself and loved ones against common holiday season health hazards and reduce your chances of experiencing injuries at home, making for a safe week of family fun!
Here are some of the common risks to avoid as Thanksgiving draws near:
Work in and around the kitchen can lead to increased chances of minor and/or major burns. Whether it be hot oil splatters, contact with pot handles, stovetops or oven doors, it’s important to stay alert and prepared when prepping and cooking your Thanksgiving meal. Take the time to prepare against potential hazards by making sure to:
Cuts and Lacerations
Thanksgiving meal prep calls for the use of sharp knives and utensils – particularly when carving the turkey! To prevent dangerous cuts, puncture wounds or lacerations, you should:
Football Games, Fractures, and Falls
Outdoor cookouts, games, and activities like football are a staple of Thanksgiving tradition for many. If you are going to take part in any sort of physical activity, you can help prevent common injuries, such as muscle tears, sprains, or bone fractures, by practicing some of the following:
When handling meat, there’s always a risk of bacterial infection. You can limit your chances of contracting food poisoning this Thanksgiving if you:
Accidents happen, and even following all of these preventative measures isn’t a guarantee at keeping you safe. If you do experience a severe burn, laceration or fall while preparing your holiday meal this year — or any persistent abdominal discomfort, nausea or diarrhea after the fact — head to your nearest vybe urgent care facility (in Center City, Roxborough, Port Richmond, or South Philly) for immediate care. We’ll have you all patched up and ready to get back to celebrating in no time!
While we are closed on Thanksgiving in celebration of the holiday, we’ll be available from 8:00am to 8:00pm the following day to assist with any of these turkey day injuries. Any time after, you can find us open seven days a week 8:00am to 8:00pm Monday through Friday and 8:00am to 5:00pm on Saturday and Sunday.
Here’s to a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season to you and yours from all of us at vybe!