Hearts and safety: Avoiding A&E on Valentine’s Day

   Hearts and safety: Avoiding A&E on Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day, it isn’t just the potential for Cupid to have a misfire which can cause accidents.

As with most celebrations that involve candles, alcohol and cooking, Valentine's Day can be potentially hazardous.
Whatever you are up to, I’m sure you’ll agree there is nothing romantic about a trip to A&E. Here are RoSPA’s top tips to avoid an accident on Valentine's Day:

Naked flames

Although going out for a romantic meal for two isn’t possible during lockdown, many people will still want to enjoy candle-lit dinners at home. However, to ensure that the only thing burning is your passions, do not leave burning candles unattended and remember to put them out completely before leaving the table.
Keep candles away from flammable materials including curtains and decorations, always place candles in a stable holder, and remember to stand tea lights on a heat-resistant surface (they have been known to burn through baths and televisions). 
If you are lucky enough to be enjoying a roaring fire on Valentine’s Day, make sure it has gone out before you leave the room. 
Kitchen nightmares

In his famous song, ‘Let there be love’, Jazz musician Nat King Cole suggested that a romantic evening may include chilli con carne and sparkling champagne. RoSPA advises that if alcohol will be part of your celebrations, you should wait until you have finished cooking before opening a bottle of fizz. This because alcohol slows your reaction times which could lead to an injury.

Champagne corks are a common cause of eye injuries. The carbon dioxide contained in a 750ml bottle has a pressure of 6.2 bar, almost three times that of a car tyre, which can shoot a cork up to a height 1.3 metres. This can rupture an eyeball or detach a retina.

The NHS treated more than 15,000 patients for burns and scalds in 2017, many of which were preventable. If you or your partner are planning to cook a romantic meal for two remember to keep children out of the kitchen. Use the back hobs if possible, turn saucepan handles inwards, and take extra care when removing trays from the oven.
Alcohol Poisoning

Figures from the Department of Health in 2014 show that each year nearly 4,000 children are taken into A&E suffering from alcohol poisoning. Symptoms include confusion, vomiting, seizures and hypothermia, and in extreme cases alcohol poisoning can lead to unconsciousness, coma and death.

Remember, home measures can be three times larger than those in pubs. Put alcohol away and clear away half-filled glasses at night. Early-rising toddlers can be lured by pretty bottles and glasses and may finish off the remains of any drinks. Keep alcohol out of reach of children, ideally in a lockable cabinet.
Have a safe and enjoyable Valentine’s Day!

Andrew Tromans
Senior Communications Officer

Posted: 2/10/2021 3:30:57 PM 0 comments


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