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Beware: Eight Valentine’s Day Emergencies
February 14 is that time of the year when you’ll see people being all-out romantic and appreciative of their loved ones. And while people want to celebrate this day with as much optimism as there is love in the air, unexpected emergencies can still happen. With that in mind, here’s a list of the most common Valentine’s Day emergencies along with some things you can do to prevent them.
1. Burns from romantic candle light set-ups
Candle light is lovely, unless it turns into a full-blown fire. Never leave a burning candle unattended and keep flames away from anything that may catch fire and out of the reach of children and pets.
2. Romantic attempts gone wrong
Sometimes, an attempt to spice up the night may also bring you to the ER. Let’s just say, “play it safe,” and leave it at that.
3. Food poisoning
If you’re preparing a special meal at home, remember to keep your hands and all surfaces clean. Keep raw meat, poultry, seafood and eggs away from ready-to-eat foods. Refrigerate leftovers within two hours.
4. Choking over dinner
One method of treating choking is the American Red Cross’ “five-and-five.” Hit the person’s back with the heel of your hand five times between the shoulder blades.
5. Fractures from wearing high heels
If you’re planning to wear high heels, watch out for slips or falls that may lead to a twisted ankle or a fracture.
6. Severe allergic reactions
Find out if your sweetheart has any allergies you need to know about. Allergies to food, fragrances, pollen and some metals in jewelry can ruin your good intentions.
7. Car accidents
Please don’t drink and drive.
8. Pet emergencies
In the spirit of avoiding emergencies, remember your pets, and keep them away from the Valentine’s chocolates, which can be toxic.
It’s good to anticipate Valentine’s Day with excitement and a gift on hand, but it’s also beneficial to be aware of the possible emergencies that may happen on this special day. This way, you can also prevent these Valentine’s Day emergencies or at least be prepared of what to do in case you experience any of them.
Finally, if these emergencies happen to you or to someone you know, whether it’s on Valentine’s Day or a regular day, please don’t hesitate to rush to the ER or call 911 immediately. Our ER is safe and ready to provide care 24/7. Your safe care is our #1 priority.
National Candle Association
Centers for Disease Control
American College of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology
Pet Poison Helpline