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Deaths Increase at the Holidays—As Does Drunk Driving

November 30th, 2011 at 3:56 pm

An increase of holiday drunk driving can lead to an increase in holiday accidents (image from www.instructables.com)

 

With Americans crisscrossing the nation to visit family and friends for the holidays, it’s no surprise that the rate of car accidents generally increases with the season. According to the American Auto Association, an estimated 42.5 million Americans were expected to travel for Thanksgiving, 2011—and a whopping 90 percent of these opted to travel by car. This increase in holiday traffic could be one reason for the spike of accidents and death that occurs around the holiday season, but could not be cited as the only factor in a University of California study released last year.

According to the study, people are most likely to die over the holiday season, and are especially likely to have a fatal emergency on Christmas or New Year’s Day, with Thanksgiving a close third. The National Post reports that Christmas, Boxing Day, and New Years’ Eve are the worst days of the year for death in U.S. emergency wards. All in all, between 1979 and 2004, more than 42,000 natural deaths above the number of those in the rest of the winter season, occurred in the two weeks preceding Christmas.

Regardless if these spikes in emergency room admissions or death certificate issuances are related to the increase in holiday traffic, there’s no doubt as to whether the increase in holiday traffic corresponds with an increase in deaths caused by alcohol-impaired driving. In 2009, 411 people were killed on Thanksgiving, 34 percent of which were involved in an alcohol-related accident. On Christmas, 262 people were killed, and 37 percent of these were alcohol-related. New Years Day had the highest instance of people killed in alcohol related accidents—468 people were killed, and 40 percent of these were alcohol-related.

If you or someone you love has been involved in a holiday accident—whether it be alcohol-related or not—contact Discipio Law immediately for personal injury assistance. There’s nothing worse than a crippling accident during the holiday season, but the gift of expert legal advice is one that keeps on giving.

 

Deep-Frying your Thanksgiving Turkey

November 16th, 2011 at 3:13 am

Posted: November 16, 2011

Deep-frying turkey on Thanksgiving Day has become increasingly popular in many households. Unfortunately, more grease fires occur on this holiday, than on any other day of the year.

According to State Farm Insurance, Texas ranked #1 for having the most cooking related fire accidents on Thanksgiving Day, from 2005-2009. Since turkey frying has become a delicious alternative to traditional baked turkey on Thanksgiving, U.S. fire departments across the nation, are putting out an average of more than 1,000 fires each year, involving deep fryers.

There are ways, however, to prevent grease fires and possible burn injuries, if you do decide to deep-fry your turkey this holiday season. Here are some important safety tips to keep in mind:

Be Careful Not to Use Too Much Oil in the Fryer Pot—being splattered with hot oil is considerably one of the worst types of burn injuries that can occur, since frying oil has a tendency to stick to the skin. If you don’t measure the correct amount of oil to use, it could overflow, hit the burner, and cause a fire. Be sure to follow the owner’s manual.

Be Sure Your Turkey is Completely Thawed and Dry—partially frozen or wet turkey that is dipped into temperatures of 350 degrees or more, can cause an instant grease fire. Make sure your turkey is dry, inside and out, before lowering it into the deep fryer.

Don’t Deep-Fry Turkey on Wood—if you’re going to deep-fry your turkey this year, make sure you cook it outside, away from the house, and NOT on wooden surfaces.

Keep a Fire Extinguisher Nearby—you never know when a grease fire will erupt, so it’s best to have a fire extinguisher approved for cooking or grease fire close by, and call 911 for help immediately.

Never Leave the Fryer Unattended—deep fryers don’t have thermostat controls, which means the oil will continue to heat up to the point of combustion.

If you or someone you love has suffered a burn injury  contact the Illinois personal injury attorneys at Discipio Law for a free consultation

 

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