Love Hurts – Valentine’s Day Injury Risks You Should Know About

February 11, 2021
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No one plans to visit the emergency room, let alone with their sweetheart on Valentine’s Day.  Although this holiday is not listed as a hazardous one, there are still common risks that can land you or your loved one in the hospital.

Millions of loving couples expect to celebrate by giving one another gifts on Valentine’s Day. If you are planning to give gifts like chocolates, candy, flowers or romantic candles, you may want to add a “warning note” with your loving gesture.

A Hot Night Can Lead To Flames: 

Candles are ranked as one of the riskiest gifts to give.  Although candles are great for setting a romantic mood, they also cause fires.  According to the Safety Prevention Resource Candles cause an estimated 15,600 house fires, 150 deaths, and 1,270 injuries each year. A better candle option to use for your romantic night is LED flameless candles to avoid any accidents.

Food & Candy Allergies Can Be Deadly:

Heart-shaped boxes of chocolates, candy, cakes and other treats are synonymous with Valentine’s Day.  It is important to know the ingredients of the goodies you are giving to your loved ones.  According to the Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE) organization, over 15 million Americans experience some type of food allergy.  Some common ingredients people are allergic to include milk, nuts and eggs, to name a few.  A severe allergic reaction can be deadly.  Consumption of an allergen can cause some people to go into anaphylactic shock.  It is important to always read the labels carefully and ask about allergies prior to buying treats as gifts.

Pretty Flowers Can Hurt You:  

Be careful when cutting flowers to place in a vase.  According to a study from Beaumont Emergency Center data showed that,  350,000 people are injured by kitchen knives each year.  It may be best to give flowers that are already placed in a vase.  Also, flower-filled vases can slip out of people’s hands, causing broken glass on the floor.  These types of accidents cause dozens of ER visits a year,

Driving After Having Too Much Bubbly:

For couples who plan to dine out and celebrate with a bottle of champagne or other alcoholic beverage, it is important to find another way home.  The number of drivers on the road under the influence of alcohol usually increases on holidays.  Valentine’s Day is no exception.  To avoid accidents and injuries, if you and your lover both want to drink, consider taking public transportation, an Uber or another rideshare, or stay at home where you are safe from other drunk drivers.

The best bet to avoid injuries on Valentine’s Day is to use your best judgment and don’t sacrifice you and your lover’s safety in the name of love!

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