The Most Common Thanksgiving Accidents and How to Prevent Them

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How to Avoid Preventable Thanksgiving Accidents

Annually, more than 36,000 patients are admitted into emergency rooms nationwide for Thanksgiving-related accidents. While these account for dozens of reasons, three factors often make up the largest majority of cases seen. Read on to learn more about the most common Thanksgiving mishaps and how you can prevent them.

Home Fires

The U.S. Fire Administration estimates that more than 2,400 fires occur in residential buildings on Thanksgiving annually, leading to dozens of burn injuries and millions of dollars in repairs. Often, these can be attributed to distracted cooking and misuse of appliances like a deep fryer for the turkey. To reduce your likelihood of a burn injury or home fire on this day, make an effort to:

  • Limit the number of people in the kitchen to only those actively cooking.
  • Not allow small children to run around or play in the cooking areas.
  • Keep deep fryers outdoors and away from flammable material, including wooden decks and dead leaves.
  • Be attentive when cooking and turn the stove off when not actively in use.

Drunk Driving Accidents

The week of Thanksgiving is infamous for drunk driving accidents, with an average of 200 people dying on the roads each year in alcohol-related crashes. Furthermore, Thanksgiving Eve is commonly known as “Black Wednesday” among law enforcement and other agencies because of how widespread this issue is on that night.

Driving under the influence is one of the most avoidable incidents every night of the year, and all drivers can do their part to prevent them. Here are some things to remember:

  • Have a designated driver or call a rideshare service if you plan on drinking.
  • Depending on where you are consuming alcohol, make plans to stay the night there.
  • Never get in the car with someone who is under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

Slip and Falls

During the holiday season, slip/trip and fall hazards are often overlooked; still, weather-related factors, festive decor, unraked leaves, and more can be hazardous for both elderly and younger individuals. While it's nearly impossible to eradicate everything that may be a slip/trip and fall hazard, there are many things you can do, including:

  • Keep decor and other items out of walkways.
  • Maintain your yard during the holiday season.
  • Instruct children on what may be hazardous in the home.
  • Assist elderly individuals who have mobility issues navigate certain areas.

Ultimately, ensure you are doing your part to help each Thanksgiving dinner attendee have a fun and safe holiday.

Law Offices Of Vic Feazell, P.C. is Here When You Need It Most

Our Waco and Austin-based attorneys wish you and your loved ones a safe holiday season and encourage you to seek out legal assistance when needed. While some accidents may be unavoidable, negligent individuals should be held responsible for the damages they cause.

If you would like to schedule a free consultation with a member of our team, call (254) 938-6885 or fill out this short form.

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