From Thanksgiving to New Year’s Burn Injuries Spike
Burn injuries within the home increase dramatically from the end of November through January 1st. The answer should be obvious why. The massive amounts of cooking for guests and stress related to the holidays cause inadvertent injuries.
And this is especially the case for the most significant number of people coming to eat at your house. When preparing food for Christmas, Chanukah, or any other holiday, it’s important to remember several tips on how to avoid burn injuries during this festive time of year.
Simple Tips Can Save Your Skin.
Don’t be Afraid to Ask for Help.
Don’t be afraid to ask your family members for help cooking. You may be the rock of the family or the house chef, but there’s no reason that others can’t contribute as well. Any side dishes, desserts, or parts of the main course that can become outsourced should be. There are a lot of opportunities to reduce your stress and time used over the stove or oven.
Slow it Down.
With a large crowd coming and the dinner table set and ready for a meal, you may feel especially rushed. But this isn’t the case. There’s always time to double check things, set timers, and make sure that your cooking schedule is not accelerated for no reason. You are in control. Take this into consideration when preparing that meal. You set the time, and you make sure that things get done the way that you want them to be.
Careful When Doing Tricky Cooking.
This one should be obvious but isn’t for many revelers. Instead, more complex forms of cooking present the largest risk of injury. This risk is especially real with deep frying turkeys. Such a method provides a delicious meal but can be dicey for amateurs. Make sure that you leave an adequate amount of room. So now, nothing catches fire. Also, make sure that the turkey is placed in the fryer slowly so that oil doesn’t shoot out.
Your Family is Your Rock.
Don’t feel as though everything is on your shoulders. Use this time of year to appreciate all that you do for your family and vice versa. Make it a meal that you want to spend with them, not in the hospital or wearing bandages.
We here at the Ehline Law Firm see far too many cases of injury due to carelessness. Give the EMTs and us a day off this holiday season and be safe!