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Thanksgiving Injuries

Rebecca Thomas, Staff Writer

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Everyone takes pleasure in devouring turkey and watching football during the holidays, but most people don’t realize that Thanksgiving has more hazards than they think. A wide range of accidents are generally the result of holiday-related activities. According to ABC News, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that 431 deaths occurred on the roads during Thanksgiving, along with 259 deaths during Christmas; there are more accidents on Thanksgiving than on any other holiday. On average, 102 people die on a typical day from traffic accidents. It is imperative that when driving on the roads, people take the necessary precautions to ensure a safe holiday for the nation. Not only are there car accidents, as there are generally feasting-related injuries as well. The Olympia Medical Center stated the top common injuries during Thanksgiving. One of the injuries is choking, especially in children. This can be dangerous and lead to death if immediate action isn’t taken. In addition, overeating can lead to an irregular heartbeat that is referred to as “holiday heart”, as reported by Livescience, but it can be treated by hydrating with water. Yet another risk is heavy drinking, which is a factor to car accidents and other health problems. It is also recommended to not carve turkey “under the influence”. Along with Thanksgiving, Black Friday injuries are a result of violent shopping. Both shoppers and employees have been trampled, shot, tackled, and pepper-sprayed. A walmart employee was once trampled to death by barbaric shoppers during Black Friday. As a whole, the holidays are a jovial time, but people should definitely prepare for potential injuries.

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