Thanksgiving mishaps lead to thousands of injuries

Dr. Mohammad Tulimat prepares to examine another patient on Thanksgiving at Independence Urgent Care.
Dr. Mohammad Tulimat prepares to examine another patient on Thanksgiving at Independence Urgent Care.

INDEPENDENCE, KY (FOX19) - When it comes to dangerous holidays, Thanksgiving probably doesn't come to mind. After all, there aren't those exploding fireworks to go off in your hand, like on the Fourth of July.

But health experts say Thanksgiving mishaps occur more often than you'd think.

Inside Independence Urgent Care, Dr. Mohammad Tulimat has seen his share of sliced fingers from errant turkey cuts and second-degree burns from grease splashing the cook's hands.

"We hope that you will bring the turkey to your dinner and to your table and not to bring your hand with a cut to our table here," he said, giving his exam table a playful pat.

There are also sprained ankles and sore shoulders from family football games after dinner.

Dr. Tulimat notes that many times relatives come in from out-of-town and bring prescription medicine with them. So he says be sure to keep their pill bottles in a place where your kids can't get to them.

Auto crashes are a big cause of injuries, too. Car wrecks will send more than 46,000 people to emergency rooms this weekend and kill more than 400 people, the National Safety Council estimates. It says more than 100 lives could be saved this weekend if everyone wore seatbelts.

As for those mishaps inside your house, Dr. Tulimat recommends cutting pieces of turkey on a steady board using a motion that's away from your body. And keep an eye on your kids, too.

"Well, when you have gathering, that means there's a little bit of chaos," he said. "And what we see sometimes are injuries to children. So try to keep children away from the kitchen."

When it comes to leftovers, be careful, too. Turkey needs to be heated to 165°F, according to the CDC. Also, don't forget that leftovers only stay safe so long. Don't keep it in your refrigerator for more than three or four days, said Mike Folino, a registered dietitian at the OSU-Wexner Medical Center.

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