Prevent yourself from going to the ER this Thanksgiving

The long Thanksgiving weekend is here and medical experts want people to be safe this holiday.

The Thanksgiving weekend tends to be one of the busiest for hospital's emergency rooms, such as the one at Northeast Regional Medical Center in Kirksville.

More people will check into the ER due to motor vehicle accidents while traveling, food poisoning or cuts and burns due to the cooking or preparing of food.

Experts say the best thing to do is take it easy on yourself and the food.

"Please be cautious in your travels. Also realize people who are preparing food for you maybe different to the food you're used to eating at home like higher salt content, so those with cardiac or high blood pressure issues should be careful of those things. As far as carving or preparing food, don't get in a hurry," said Northeast Regional Medical Center ER Nurse Mandy Doumit.

Doumit also suggests you should try taking a walk after having the big meal and enjoy this special time with your family.

But if any medical issues do come up, the ER is always open 24 hours a day.