Common Seasonal Accidents That Could Require a Trip to the Emergency Room

The winter season brings with it cold weather, the holidays, and more visits to the emergency room than any other time of the year. In order to lower your chances of spending your holidays in the ER, Riverside Community Hospital warns you to watch out for the following accidents this season.

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Burn Injuries

There are several burn hazards in the home to be aware of this season. Cooking injuries are a leading cause of burns in the home, and these can be caused by contact with hot cookware and cooking surfaces or accidental fires caused by kitchen clutter. Holiday décor can also be responsible for burn injuries when outlets are overloaded.

Food Poisoning

Holiday meals require extensive preparation, and cooking may last for several hours. During this time, it is important to keep foods at proper temperatures so they are not able to carry foodborne illnesses. When items are not being cooked or served, they should be kept hot or refrigerated.

Car Accidents

Seasonal travel causes more congestion on the roadways, which can be a hazard when you are in the car. Drunk driving is another danger to be aware of through the holidays, as it causes a significant number of car accidents with a high rate of fatalities.


When you prepare your home for the holidays, you might hang decorations in and out of the house. While you are climbing a ladder or step stool, take your time so that you maintain your balance and avoid a fall that could lead to injury.

If bad luck does find you this holiday season and you are in need of medical care, visit the Emergency Center at Riverside Community Hospital. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year, so you can always have the fastest possible care when you need it most. Contact us on our website or call (951) 788-3000 to learn more about us. For healthcare on-the-go, download our iTriage Symptom Checker App.

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