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How to Stay out of the ER this Valentine’s Day

On Behalf of | Feb 13, 2023 | Car Accidents, Pedestrian Accident, Personal Injury |

The holiday of love is one that brings out the best in most people. The whole world is filled with romance, love and passion at this time of the year. But with all the excitement and happiness, there are also some risks involved.

People will be doing all sorts of things to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Some will go out to eat and some will stay at home alone. However, there are some things that you should never do when it comes to celebrating Valentine’s Day that can lead to ER.

Common Accidents During Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a time of love, but it can also be dangerous. The following are common accidents that happen on Valentine’s Day:

  • Food Poisoning: People often eat too much at Valentine’s Day parties, which can lead to food poisoning. In fact, it’s estimated that about one in four people who attend an event will get sick after overeating.
  • Romantic attempts gone wrong: These include kissing in public places, jumping off bridges into waterfalls and so on. If you have any plans for Valentine’s Day that involve these types of stunts, make sure you talk about them first with your partner before doing them!
  • Severe allergic reactions gone wrong: Severe allergic reactions can occur when someone has a severe reaction to one type of pollen like ragweed, which causes irritation in their throat, eyes and nose. This type of allergy often requires emergency medical treatment by an allergist who specializes in treating allergies or asthma attacks caused by pollens such as ragweed.
  • Car Accidents: Driving around town at night on Valentine’s Day shouldn’t be taken lightly because there could be drunk drivers out there doing their best to cause trouble for other drivers who are trying to make their way to their various destinations.

How common are visits to the ER during Valentine’s Day?

According to the American College of Emergency Physicians (ACEP), there is always an increase in emergency room visits from 10 to 20 percent on Valentine’s Day. This can be attributed to alcohol consumption and overindulgence by both people and animals.

According to 2021 data from the American Hospital Association. In fact, it’s so popular that hospitals are experiencing a shortage of nurses and doctors this week.

The AHA’s survey found that about 60 percent of all Valentine’s Day visits are for injuries or falls, with about two-thirds of those resulting in an overnight stay.

How to prevent getting in an accident during Valentine’s Day

Valentine Day is a holiday that many of us look forward to, but it also comes with its share of hazards. If you’re planning on driving this Valentine’s Day, here are some tips on how to prevent getting in an accident:

  • Make sure your car is in good shape: Check all fluids and tires, and make sure they’re not low. If you have airbags, make sure they work properly by checking the sensor and inflator (the part that expands to protect the driver). If you don’t have airbags, make sure all windows and doors are locked before leaving the house or parking lot.
  • Avoid distractions while driving: Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of crashes during this time of year, so avoid using your phone while behind the wheel if possible.
  • Stay sober enough to drive safely: Drive with caution and follow all traffic laws; if you feel intoxicated, pull over immediately and call a friend or family member so they can come pick you up safely.
  • Always choose restaurants with good hygiene and cleanliness standards: as well as customer service standards.

Keep in mind that most ER visits during Valentine’s Day do not occur because of heartbreak, but rather alcohol poisoning, car accidents, and other damages. Therefore, by taking the appropriate steps beforehand, this Valentine’s Day will hopefully be one to remember for all the right reasons.