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How to Avoid a Trip to the Emergency Room This Holiday Season

The upcoming holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for emergency rooms throughout the country and in Atlanta.  Injuries and accidents are more common during this time, and there are a number of reasons people find themselves having to go for treatment at an overcrowded ER from food poisoning and alcohol related accidents to kitchen and fire accidents.

Here are some ways you can help reduce your chances of requiring a visit to the ER this holiday season.

While indulging in your Thanksgiving feast, take steps to avoid being exposed to food poisoning. Be sure not to consume undercooked or expired food, and always be aware of any food recall notices

To avoid tree-related home fires, keep your live tree in a safe and dry place away from sources of fire and heat. Turn off all lights and blow out all candles before you go to bed.

Make sure that you have all your medications filled out. If you are traveling over the holidays, be sure to take all your medications with you on your travels. You don’t want to have a health emergency just because you forgot to take along or fill out your prescriptions.  Remember, hospital staff are extremely overworked during the holiday season and may not be able to attend your prescription quickly.

Be mindful of the many types of holiday activities you are likely to participate in during the last week of the year. Be extra careful when you’re sledding, skiing or snowboarding, and make sure you have the proper safety equipment.  Wear helmets and follow any safety precautions in the area where you will be to reduce accident risks.

Be extra careful when you drive around during the holiday season. Remember, there are motorists all around you who are in a hurry and most likely speeding to get to their destinations on time. There will also be plenty of people driving back from holiday parties and they are more likely to be driving under the influence of alcohol.  This means you will need to be extra alert and drive more defensively.

If you’re planning on going to a New Year’s party, be a responsible guest make sure you have a plan to get home safely.  If you’re hosting a New Year’s party, be a responsible host and be sure your guests get home safely.  Getting home safely can be as simple as designating a driver for your group, calling a taxi or arranging for a ride-share service after your event.

Following these simple tips can help to avoid a long, exhausting wait in an emergency room this holiday season.

The Atlanta personal injury lawyers at the Katz Law Firm represent persons who have been injured as a result of the negligence of others in the metro Atlanta region and across Georgia.