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Top 5 Ways to Spend Thanksgiving in the Hospital

Surefire Tips to Help Get You Admitted for the Holiday

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Updated November 07, 2013

Family and friends are gathered around the kitchen counter. Football is on in the living room, and Uncle Jerry is yelling at the quarterback. Grandma is popping olives into her mouth when she grabs your shoulder and clutches her throat. It's time to react -- what do you do?

 

Grandma's plight is one of the reasons you should be prepared before Thanksgiving. Below are the top reasons your Thanksgiving could be spent in the ER or burn unit instead of the dining room.

1. Choking on an Appetizer

Anybody can get something stuck in their throat. It's decidedly more common for the kids and grandparents than everyone else -- although it gets more common as the wine starts flowing.

2. Cutting Yourself Instead of the Turkey

Cutting yourself in the kitchen is both a blessing and a curse -- bacteria from food abounds, but you have everything you need to clean your wound at the ready.

3. Lighting the Kitchen on Fire

Grease fires are notoriously dangerous. It's easy to extinguish the typical grease fire by smothering it, but make sure everyone is heading out of the house first.

4. Getting Burned by the Oven

Burns are some of the most common injuries around the house. Make sure you know what to do if your bird decides to seek some revenge.

5. Getting Sick from the Food

Imagine the looks you'll get from your mother-in-law after giving the entire family food poisoning. Learn how to recognize food poisoning symptoms, and follow these food safety tips from About.com Busy Cooks Guide, Linda Larsen.
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