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Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

Tips to Avoid Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

The Holiday Season is a time of joy and cheers and for creating beautiful memories with loved ones. But if you are not careful, you can get injured during this busy time, and then we can assure you won’t be laughing all the way, you will be dashing to our emergency room.

Luckily, the experts at Altus Emergency are available to share some safety tips and to get your health back on track if you need it so you can enjoy your holiday season.

Holiday Illnesses and Injuries

Unfortunately, holiday-related injuries are more common than any of us would like. According to an annual report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

  • Emergency rooms in America attended more than 166,000 toy-related injuries in 2018
  • Sadly, 17 children died as a result of their toy-related injury
  • Kitchen fires are the leading cause of home fires
  • In 2017 there more than 18,000 cases of holiday decorating-related injuries treated in emergency rooms
  • In 2018 there were five reported deaths linked to holiday decorating-related injuries

Holiday Safety Tips

Nothing would make us happier than to see all of you happy and healthy spending the Holidays at home. While accidents don’t make any exceptions, there are ways to minimize your risk of injury or illness.

Follow these helpful tips so you can remain injury-free during Christmas, after-Christmas and New Year’s.

Food Safety Tips

Let’s begin food safety with making an attempt to not overeat during this festive time, we know it’s hard but at least try.  While at first an upset stomach may not be considered to be counted as an example of a holiday illnesses and injuries,  it may be the sign of something more complex. The following are some food safety tips that will help prevent a potential food-related emergency:

  • Keep your hands and kitchen surfaces clean
  • Keep raw meats, fish, and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods
  • Cook foods to the proper temperature
  • Put leftovers in the fridge immediately
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Prevent the Spread of The Common Cold and Flu

  • Avoid hugging, kissing, or being close to someone that is coughing or has a runny nose
  • Cover coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
  • Stay home from work, school, or social gatherings when you are sick

Kitchen Safety Tips

  • During the Holidays, we spend more time in the kitchen, and that increases our risk of getting hurt there. To help prevent cooking-related injuries, keep in mind these tips.

    • Don’t leave food unattended when cooking
    • Remember to slice away from your hand
    • Focus on the task at hand. Distractions cause injuries
    • Avoid wearing loose clothing while cooking
    • Keep dish towels and food packaging away from heat sources to prevent them from catching on fire
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Preventing Holiday Decorating-Related Injuries

Prepping your home for the Holidays can also pose a health hazard. To minimize your risk of injury, remember the following:

  • Don’t let anyone inhale artificial snow sprays, as these can irritate the lungs
  • Avoid Holiday decorations that are sharp and breakable
  • Make sure you use the correct type of decorative lights for your outdoor decorations
  • Always have someone help you put up decorations, especially if you are using a ladder
  • Check all your Christmas lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections
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No matter how careful or prepared you think you are, accidents still happen. For that reason, all our facilities will remain open 24/7 during this Holiday Season.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from all of us!

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Safe Toys – Let’s Give Safe Gifts!

This Year Give the Gift of Safe Toys

Get to know the best tips to give the gift of safe toys this Christmas and beyond! If you have a child in your life, then you know that watching kids open their presents on Christmas morning is the best part of the holidays.

Toys are an important aspect of child development. Not only do they entertain, some can also help children develop their motor skills, and learn new things.

Sadly, not all toys are safe or age-appropriate, and this can lead to injuries. The most recent report by The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) revealed that in 2018:

  • There were more than 226,000 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms across the country
  • Kids under the age of 15 sustained most injuries (73%)
  • The head/face areas were the most injured body parts, followed by arms and legs
  • The most common toy-related injuries were lacerations (cuts), followed by contusions/abrasions, and fractures
  • Non-motorized scooters and toy balls were the top toy categories associated with toy-related injuries
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Toy Safety Guidelines

The CPSC monitors and regulates any toy made in or imported into the country. Since 1995 all toys must follow the Consumer Product Safety Commission standards which include:

  • The fabric used to make toys must be flame resistant or flame retardant
  • The paint used in toys must be lead-free
  • Stuffed toys and dolls should be washable
  • Art supplies including crayons and colors need to be labeled as non-toxic and say ASTM D-4236 on the package to guarantee the American Society for Testing and Materials has evaluated them

 

Even though regulations are in place to try and make toys safe for kids, there is still a lot we can do to prevent injuries.

When shopping for toys for your little ones, consider the following:

  • Ask yourself if the toys are suitable for the age, abilities, skills, and interests of your child. Check the manufacturer’s label, if it’s not recommended for your kid’s age, don’t buy it!
  • Toys should be large enough to prevent them from being swallowed or lodged in the windpipe. A good line is to avoid any toys that have parts smaller than 1¼ inches in diameter and 2¼inches in length
  • Avoid giving marbles, or games with coins, chips, or balls that are less than 1.75 inches in diameter, as they can become lodged in the throat above the windpipe and make breathing difficult
  • If you are gifting a battery-operated toy to a toddler, make sure the battery case has screws to prevent kids from prying them open. Batteries and battery fluid can cause serious injuries, including chemical burns, choking, and internal bleeding
  • If your gift consists of Bicycles, scooters, skateboards, or inline skates, remember to also get the appropriate safety gear including helmets, as well as hand, wrist, and shin guards
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Toy-Related Injuries That Need ER Care

Not every scrape or bruise will merit a trip to one of our ER centers. However, it’s always good to know when an injury does require ER care.

Bring your child in when:

  • They fell and hit their head hard. If they show signs of a concussion, you should bring them in for an evaluation
  • When they have a small toy part lodged in their nostrils or windpipe. Don’t delay if you notice the child has trouble breathing
  • It looks like they might have broken a bone

 

This Holiday Season do your best to give the gift of safety to your loved ones. However, if your little ones get a little carried away with excitement and  get hurt, you don’t need to worry.

Just remember all our centers offer specialized pediatric emergency care, and we will be open 24/7 during the holidays.

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Altus Emergency Centers Texas

is Here for You 24/7

Altus Emergency Centers are all open 24/7/365, with no lines. Our facilities are well-equipped to diagnose and treat everything from major to minor adult and pediatric emergencies. We are honored to be a part of our beautiful Texas communities and work hard each day to help see them grow and prosper!

24 Hour ER Services – Best in Texas

Looking for the best quality 24 hour ER services?

We offer the best freestanding 24 hour ER services in Texas. We have top of the line medical technology and highly experienced ER healthcare experts prepped and ready to come to your aid in Baytown, Lake Jackson, Lumberton, and Waxahachie.

Each ER team is highly efficient in treating chest and abdominal pains, pediatric emergencies, flu symptoms, sports injuries, bone breaks, and fractures, as well as all other major and minor injuries. All services are available 24/7, including weekends and holidays with little to no wait times. After You Receive Quality ER Care, our Patient Advocate will help ensure Hassle-Free Billing.

Our Promise is to Always Help Find the Best Solutions in Benefit of our Patients from the time you walk-in without having to wait in line and when you are personally assisted with the billing process. We are here to help you get well and stay well!

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