Christmas is a great time of year, but can also be one of the most stressful and dangerous. Houses become crowded with all different generations, the excitement can be intense and as a consequence fraught with additional dangers and responsibilities.
According to research, more than 6,000 people will end up in hospital on Christmas Day and over the Christmas period more than 80,000 people visit A&E and this number appears to be rising. Over recent years, there has been an increase in injuries involving falls from ladders while stringing lights and cuts from broken glass ornaments. Christmas trees alone account for more than 1,000 injuries each year.
Here are some really helpful advice to help prevent accidents this Christmas:-
According to research, fires caused by cooking, heating and open flame all increase during the holiday season, and these fires are more severe than the average fire during the year across all loss measures.
From 2004 to 2008, there were about 260 home fires each year due to Christmas trees, and 150 caused by decorative and holiday lights. To help prevent fires, do not leave holiday lights, candles, portable heaters, cooking appliances, and fireplaces unattended.
Also make sure your smoke alarm is working efficiently and that your family knows what to do in the event of a fire.
On average, 5,000 people visit the emergency room due to indoor and outdoor electrical decoration mishaps during the holiday season, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Careless decorating is the leading cause of electrocutions during the holiday season, which can result in cardiac arrest, thermal burns, and other injuries. To help avoid electrocutions, use LED holiday lights and authentic extension cords; do not overload electrical sockets; never touch electric wirings when wet; and always unplug electrical holiday decorations before going to sleep or leaving the house.
Additionally, 4,000 people are treated in ERs for injuries from extension cords, and half of these accidents lead to fractures, contusions, sprains and lacerations. Along with extension cords, many fall accidents involve ladders.
When decorating for the holidays, be aware of your surroundings and make sure a stool or ladder is stable before you step on it.
The holiday season is one of the busiest travel periods of the year and a prime time for accidents. Accidents can occur as a result of the increased number of travelers, winter conditions, distracted driving, and drunk driving. Before you get behind the wheel, always wear a seatbelt, avoid using your phone and other distractions while driving, and drive cautiously on slick, icy roads. If you plan on consuming alcohol, always have a designated driver.
Have a wonderful Christmas period as it is a special and magical time. By being aware of the potential accidents and how to avoid them, you can keep yourself and your family safe this holiday season. A little forward planning can ensure that it is a memorable time for all the right reasons. Make sure you have a good quality First Aid kit to hand and that you are equipped with the skills and knowledge to confidently help with a medical emergency.
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