Three Holiday Decoration Safety Tips

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Holiday Decorating Related Injuries

Almost 250 people are injured every day between November and January trying to put up their holiday decorations. One of the most common reasons people end up in the ER is from falling off ladders while decorating. This can result in lacerations and sprains, or more serious injuries like broken bones. Once the decorations are up, the chance for injury is not over, especially if the decorations used were old and damaged, or placed in areas that may cause dangerous situations, like fires.

Here are some tips to help you avoid some of the common causes of injury and keep you safe while decorating this season:

  1. Avoid Fires
    Real trees should not be placed near fireplaces, radiators or other heat sources, as this is a major fire hazard. Keeping trees watered can help reduce the risk of drying out and catching fire. Artificial trees should also be placed away from these items. Even if the tree was labeled as flame retardant or flame resistant, it can still catch on fire.
  2. Avoid Falls
    When hanging lights outside make sure your ladder is on level ground and sturdy enough to hold your weight, plus the weight of any decorations you may be carrying. Your ladder should also be three feet taller than where you will be hanging, or your roof line, so that you do not have to climb to the top or over-extend yourself. Have someone spot you and help hold the ladder steady to increase stability and safety.
  3. Avoid Electric Shock
    Before you hang your lights (inside or out), check to make sure they are not damaged, as they can start an electrical fire. Lights with frayed cords should not be used, and neither should lights that have loose connections or damaged and cracked sockets. If you need to replace a bulb in your lights, make sure to unplug the lights before doing so to reduce the risk of electrocution!

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Unsure when your doctor’s office may be open over the holidays? We’re open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our expert staff is always ready to take care of you and your emergency. Find your nearest Five Star ER location.

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

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Top 5 Reasons for Thanksgiving ER Visits

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Deep Fried Turkey Danger on ThanksgivingThanksgiving is a time for giving thanks, enjoying time spent with friends and family, and good food. Amid all the merriment and festivities, there is an increased chance for injury and accident. Here are the top five reasons people go to the ER during the Thanksgiving holiday (and some ways to avoid them):

  1. Over Indulgence

Thanksgiving is known for being an indulgent holiday, so it’s no surprise that one of the main reasons people visit the ER is for eating or drinking too much. This can result in chest pain, upset stomach and sometimes an irregular heartbeat. Know your limits and when to say “no more” this Thanksgiving.

  1. Food Poisoning

Food poisoning doesn’t just come from a crazy concoction your great aunt brought to the table. The most common cause of food poisoning is from food being left out too long and reaching an unsafe temperature. The danger zone for bacteria growth that can lead to food poisoning is between 41 and 140 degrees. To keep food safe, keep hot food hot and cold food cold, and don’t allow food to sit out for long periods of time.

  1. Auto Accident

The busiest travel weekend of the year is Thanksgiving weekend, and more DUI arrests happen between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year’s Eve than any other time of the year. With busier roads and more chances of enjoying one drink too many, people can end up in the ER after an accident. Enjoying drinks with family and friends at the dinner table can be great, just make sure you know your limits – or, better yet, designate a sober driver.

  1. Knife Injuries

Before you even sit down for Thanksgiving dinner, you could end up in the ER! Make sure not to do any food prep work with dull knives, as that can increase risk of cuts. When using a knife, make sure to also take your time and focus on the task at hand to decrease the risk of cutting yourself.

  1. Burns

Another common kitchen accident at Thanksgiving is burns. Just like when using a knife, if you are handling hot foods — especially oils that can spatter easily — take your time and focus on your task. Avoid wearing loose clothing that could potentially catch fire, especially if you want to deep fry your turkey, which results in 60 injuries every year.

 

When emergencies happen, you want the best care and FAST, especially over the holidays. Every emergency matters at Five Star ER, and our patient-centered care means you come first. Plus, with all the care of a traditional ER minus the wait you can get in and out — and back to Thanksgiving dinner fast. Find your nearest Five Star ER location

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About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is owned and operated by the physicians of US Acute Care Solutions, a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for nearly 30 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.

Connect with Five Star ER on Facebook, Instagram and Google+ for more information and health tips!

 

64% of Car Accidents Involve Cell Phones

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64% of Car Accidents Involve Cell PhonesIn today’s high tech and busy world, it can be so tempting to pick up your phone to send a text, answer a call or reply to an email. Despite knowing the risks, many drivers (especially teens) continue to text and drive. With April being National Distracted Driving Awareness Month, now is the time to make the commitment to drive phone-free!

What Is Distracted Driving?

Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention from driving, including talking or texting on your phone, eating and drinking, talking to people in your vehicle, adjusting the stereo, entertainment or navigation system—anything that takes your attention away from the task of safe driving.

Texting is the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes your eyes off the road for 5 seconds. At 55 mph, that’s like driving the length of an entire football field with your eyes closed!

How Dangerous Is Texting And Driving?

Distracted drivers aren’t just a threat to themselves: they’re a danger to everyone else on the road. In 2015 alone, 38% of Texas drivers admitted to talking on their cell phone while driving and more than 20% reported to sending text messages or emails from behind the wheel. During daylight hours, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones while driving. That creates enormous potential for deaths and injuries on U.S. roads. Teens were the largest age group reported as distracted at the time of fatal car accidents.

Do Your Part To End Distracted Driving

The most important thing anyone can do to prevent distracted driving is to put the phone down while in the car! If you can’t avoid the temptation to check emails, calls or texts while driving you can download one of many free apps that will disable texting/calls while you are behind the wheel. In addition, share this information with someone you love to help spread awareness on the dangers of distracted driving.

About Five Star ER

Five Star ER is locally owned and operated by the physicians of Emergency Service Partners, L.P., a respected provider of emergency physician services to hospitals and health systems across Texas for more than 28 years. Our experienced physicians bring their excellent tradition of emergency care to a first-class, patient-centered freestanding ER.

Our patient-centered care means you will come first. Our freestanding ER provides the capabilities of a hospital emergency department, without the hassles and long waits that can be part of a hospital ER. From the comfortable lounge area and private exam rooms to our top-notch medical team and latest technology, patients can be door-to-doctor in less than 15 minutes. To find the location nearest you, click here.

This content was created to be purely educational in nature. This post is not meant to be used as a substitute for medical treatment or personal consultation regarding a medical condition. As always, if you or a loved one is suffering a life-threatening medical emergency or injury, call 911.