thanksgiving dangers and how to stay safe this year

What To Look Out For This Thanksgiving

For some people, Thanksgiving is the best holiday of the year. You do not have to buy presents, and if you are lucky, the meal is being held somewhere other than your home. All you need to do is show up with a jello salad, stuff yourself and watch football or some classic holiday films. What’s not to like?

Food Dangers

Of course, this happy day often doesn’t work out as planned. Thanksgiving comes with some real dangers, including Uncle Jim’s under-cooked deep-fried turkey. Salmonella is a bacteria that can be transferred from raw or under-cooked food. It causes serious gastrointestinal issues and requires medical treatment. While your family isn’t intentionally trying to poison you, it can happen, particularly if they don’t believe in the magic of meat thermometers. Unfortunately, restaurants are also guilty of turkey negligence, so you have to be careful at the local Thanksgiving buffet as well.


Holidays often bring together people you haven’t seen in a long while. Once reunited, you remember why you were avoiding them. Extended family time often ends up in political arguments, money conflicts and “Mom loves you best” moments. Crying, name calling and occasional fisticuffs between elderly uncles and aunts can happen.

The conflict may take place out on the highway. Road rage is real and causes a number of deadly incidents every year. A driver whose been on the road since 5 am with a load of bored and hungry children tends to overreact when you cut him off. Avoid engaging with aggressive drivers and let them by whenever possible. “Winning” on the road isn’t worth the danger.


The United States Fire Administration reports that thousands of house fires have been reported in the last few years on Thanksgiving. Some may be caused by unsafe heating practices, but stove mishaps are also to blame. Too many cooks in the kitchen might do it or simply inexperienced cooks. At any rate, fire is a real danger on this holiday, so be careful and keep a fire extinguisher close by.

Motor Vehicle Accidents

Thanksgiving week is one of the deadliest weeks every year for motor vehicle accidents. A large portion of the country’s population is on the road, which naturally leads to more collisions. Thousands of people are injured driving to and from holiday gatherings. In addition, Black Friday crowds add to traffic congestion and the number of accidents. Hundreds die and thousands are injured, some seriously.

If you are involved in any type of Thanksgiving mishap, you need to seek medical treatment from accident experts. Too often, these injuries go under-diagnosed and untreated. Rarely does anyone survive a vehicle collision unscathed.

Regional Medical Group

Thanksgiving means great gravy, but it can be dangerous. If you are involved in any type of holiday accident, visit Regional Medical Group for expert medical care. Road accidents can frequently mean serious injuries, including some that are not always obvious. Food poisoning, family fracases and other Thanksgiving dangers are also out there lurking for victims.

Remember, the experts at Regional Medical Group treat you without any out-of-pocket expense to you. They provide treatment on a lien, which simply means that your bill will be paid out of your legal settlement. RMG doesn’t want you to worry about insurance or financial issues while you recover. So, if your Thanksgiving celebration take a dark turn this year, call RMG at 404-943-9996.


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