How To Avoid Four Common Causes Of Personal Injuries Over Thanksgiving


Despite an increasing number of COVID-19 cases, many people in Aiken and across the state are making plans for the Thanksgiving holiday. While medical experts focus on informing the public of ways to reduce their risks, there are other common dangers you need to be aware of as well. Here, we’ll show you how to avoid four common causes of personal injuries over Thanksgiving.

Protect Yourself Against Personal Injuries This Thanksgiving

With the ongoing pandemic, COVID-19 is a cause for concern this Thanksgiving. However, while preventing the spread of the virus should be a top priority, there are other issues that are common both on the holiday, in the days before, and the days after which could seriously impact your health. These include:

Car Accidents

The National Safety Council (NSC) reports that Thanksgiving is one of the busiest times of the year for driving and also one of the most dangerous. More than 400 people are killed in Thanksgiving car accidents each year, while thousands of other drivers and passengers suffer serious personal injuries.

You can reduce your risks by staying focused on the road, obeying speed limits, and avoiding aggressive driving behaviors such as tailgating. Also, even one or two alcoholic beverages could impact your driving skills, so if you plan on drinking, make other arrangements to get home.

Burn Injuries

Food is the focus on Thanksgiving, which means long hours spent in front of the stove. Be aware of the risks regarding house fires and contact burns. To protect yourself, take the following steps:

  • Limit the number of people in the kitchen

  • Keep pot handles facing inward

  • Avoid wearing long or flowing clothes while cooking

  • Make sure curtains, dish cloths, and other flammable items are away from hot surfaces

  • Use particular caution if frying your turkey, which should only be done outside.

  • Make sure all candles and indoor or outdoor fires are extinguished before going to bed

Slip and Fall Injuries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) warns that slips and falls are one of the most common causes of personal injuries. Over Thanksgiving, they can occur when visiting others’ homes due to wet floors, uneven walkways, cluttered halls, and untrimmed landscaping. They are also common in stores, which are busy both before and after the holiday. Avoid downplaying these accidents which often result in serious personal injuries, and get medical care immediately if they do occur.

Getting Struck By Or Against Objects

The day-after-Thanksgiving-sales draw hordes of shoppers, which wreak havoc in shops and turn aggressive as people fight for the best deal. People jostling in aisles, improperly stocked shelves, loose fixtures, and pallet movers bringing out more product can all end up causing you serious personal injuries. Report any incidents to onsite security and the store owner at once.

Contact Our Aiken Personal Injury Attorney

It’s important that you know how to avoid these four common causes of personal injuries over Thanksgiving. At the Surasky Law Firm, we wish you and your family a happy Thanksgiving. When accidents and injuries do occur, we are here to help. Call or contact our Aiken personal attorney online and request a consultation today.

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