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Looking out for burns and foodborne illnesses during Thanksgiving

EL PASO, Texas (KVIA) -- With Thanksgiving less than a few hours away, the possibility of trips to the emergency room is set to increase as accidents in the kitchen can happen at any time.

Dr. Benjamin Clapp, Medical Director for the Bariatric Center of Providence, says many of the injuries they see around the holidays involve incidents in the kitchen, generally involving burns.

“We worry about oil burns, especially people that have toddlers that maybe are reaching up for something that's on a table, and they pull it down on themselves,” said Dr. Clapp.

While Dr. Clapp says burns in the kitchen are one of the most common trips to the emergency room, foodborne illnesses are something to look out for. 

“It's really important because turkeys, while poultry in general, birds can have a high rate of salmonella and so we have to be really careful with that. And you have to make sure that the food is cooked through,” said Dr. Clapp.

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