Health Watch — Party Time: Safe Champagne

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about health and safety concerns for the holiday party season. Champagne adds a festive touch to a party, but it has the potential to cause injuries if you don’t uncork it properly.

In movies, the cork shooting across the room is part of the excitement, but Dr. Preston Blomquist, an ophthalmologist at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says that could lead to serious eye injuries if the cork hits someone. To prevent injuries, open champagne properly. First, chill it thoroughly, as a cork is less likely to explode from a chilled bottle. Hold the cork down while you remove the wire hood, and point the bottle away from people while you open it. Place a towel over the bottle, hold the bottle at a 45-degree angle, grasp the cork and gently twist it to break the seal. Ease it out of the bottle, using a little downward pressure to keep it from popping out of the bottle.

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December 2008

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