Stay safe this holiday season
Christmas Vacation has about every Christmas Accident that a Family could experience, from electrocuting the cat to falling off the house. Every year people are injured during the Holiday season. Most injuries can be prevented during the holidays by using good judgment. Here are a few common accidents that happen around the Holidays.
Decorating the house
Every year around 1,000 people end up at the emergency room from injuries suffered while decorating their house. These generally are falls from hanging lights or putting that Christmas star on the top of the tree.
You are 50% more likely to die from a house fire during Christmas than any other time of the year. You need to be extra cautious when burning candles. Candles do not need to be anywhere around a Christmas tree or near curious little children.
Cutting your own Christmas tree down? Over 1,000 people a year are injured by decorating the Tree, stepping on ornaments, ect. If you have small children, keep an eye on them or keep them away from a Christmas tree altogether.
Around 350 people a year are injured by Christmas tree lights. “Don’t water your tree while the lights are running” When lights bust they can cause foot injuries from broken glass, keep children safely away. Don’t leave your lights on if you are not home to enjoy them.
Pets seem to love Christmas trees. Cats may try to chew through wires that power the lights. They will probably only do this once. Keep pets away from candles, lights, and trees if possible. Our cat is fascinated with our Christmas tree, we find her underneath trying to eat the branches and chew on the electrical wires. We fixed this by putting all the presents under the tree early, now she cannot get anywhere near the electrical or the branches.
Getting to excited and ripping that present open with a knife might get you cut. Injuries with scissors and knives are common with people opening presents during Christmas time. I’m not sure if a knife or scissors would be a good choice for opening presents however, be careful if using them for those hard to open presents.
Christmas can be stressful for some families. Having all the family and the in-laws in the house at once can cause a nightmare instead of a happy holiday. Don’t turn to alcohol to soothe your nerves. Try to find some time to get alone and read a book, or take a calgon bath.
To many chefs in the kitchen. Having to many women in the kitchen trying to run things can cause some issues. Christmas Dinner is one of the biggest meals most families cook all year. Boiling water, sharp knives, alcohol, and too many chefs make the kitchen a dangerous place to be.
Not everyone knows your house like you do. Alcohol with stairs mix about as well as oil and water. Common injuries are falls down the stairs after consuming alcohol.
Make sure to cook that turkey properly or you may end up in the ER. Salmonella Poisoning can be life treating for some people. Make sure you follow the instructions to a tee for cooking poultry
While there is no real data to support a rise in burglaries during the Christmas season. It would be wise to lock your doors and take precautions to ensure nothing happens to all those presents under your tree.The holidays are fun and exciting. Try and have a wonderful time and make memories with your family. Memories of being at the emergency room are not good memories. Be careful and have a safe Holiday season