Celebrating the Holidays with Care

Americans celebrate Memorial Day on the last Monday of May to honor the brave men and women who died during active military service. This three-day weekend typically combines warmer weather and the end of school, presenting the ideal scenario for outdoor get-togethers and parties.

Picnics and barbeques are all fun and games, until someone gets hurt. But don’t let that possibility rain on your parade. If someone requires non-life-threatening medical assistance, you can rely on Premier Urgent Care. Their professional medical staff accepts patients seven days a week, even on holidays!

Don’t let an accident get in the way of enjoying your weekend!

Diving Right In
Taking a dip in the pool is a great way to relax on a holiday weekend. But too much of a good thing has its consequences. Now your ears are clogged, and you can’t hear, and your eyes are burning from too much chlorine.

Don’t touch that!
Exploring in the yard can be so much fun. Until someone steps on poison ivy, stirs up
a fire ant hill, or aggravates a nest causing a swarm of bees to attack. Bites, stings and rashes, are certainly uncomfortable, but an allergic reaction could be much worse.

Was it something I ate?
You invite your neighbors over for some grilling and chilling. The entrees include burgers and grilled seafood. Your guests stroll in with plenty of side dishes from corn on the cob to potato salad. The grill master flips burgers and fills orders quickly. Meanwhile, the sun shines on the table of potato salad and coleslaw. What could possibly ruin this perfect day? Food poisoning for starters.

An article published by the Michigan State University Extension found that bacteria grow best between 40-140 degrees Fahrenheit. Keeping food out of this temperature “danger zone” reduces the chances of growing bacteria. In addition to temperature, time affects a food’s safety – bacteria double in population about every 20 minutes. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) warns people to never leave perishable food out longer than two hours. Imagine how outdoor temperatures reduce that time window.
Could your stomach feel sick from the warm potato salad? Now think back. How pink were those burgers? Did they reach an internal temperature of 160o? It’s always a good idea to use a food thermometer to make sure food is safely cooked, thus killing germs that make people ill.
The CDC estimates that 48 million people get sick each year from foodborne illness, leading to 3000 deaths.

More Than Burned Foods
Whether the grill runs on propane or heats with charcoal, it still produces intense heat. Unexpected flames rise up through the grates cooking the food, and sometimes burn the chef.

For some people, Memorial Day Weekend marks the end of hibernation. When pale skin embraces the sun after a long winter’s nap, it should be properly protected. If sunscreen isn’t applied, serious burns could result.

Scrapes and burns can also brand children who fall off their scooters, skateboards or bicycles.
Even worse, falls could result in sprains or fractures.

These “worst case scenarios” can happen any day of the week. Fortunately, Premier Urgent Care’s professional medical staff is prepared to administer drops for ears or eyes, calm allergies or soothe the symptoms of food poisoning. Their office is open 9:00am-9:00pm to treat cuts, scrapes and burns, as well as evaluate and treat sprains and fractures. So, enjoy your weekend, but be careful.