Each year the holidays herald delicious tidings of holiday parties, festive
decorations, Christmas carols, exchanging gifts – and most importantly,
time with family.
But the most festive time of the year can also be one of the most dangerous.
In addition to hours with the in-laws and gravy burns, revelers should
also beware of safety issues – such as dangerous driving conditions,
shopping mall mishaps and more.
So before decking the halls, protect yourself and your loved ones by checking
your list twice and make sure that you've done everything to avoid
these common holiday injuries:
During the holidays malls are buzzing with busy shoppers anxious to scoop
up great deals and cross all the names off their list. But with all the
hustle and bustle, spilled milk (or hot chocolate) as well as dropped
clothing or products can easily go unnoticed and lead to a broken bone
or other serious injury. While these types of incidents are the most common
cause of shopping injuries, malls and individual stores can also be responsible
for other injuries that shoppers may incur as a result of inadequate security.
To avoid a potential mall mishap, avoid shopping during peak periods such
as Black Friday or the day before or after Christmas.
What would the holidays be without a bouquet of holly, tree full of ornaments
and twinkly lights sparkling from every eve? While these festive feasts
for the eyes are a favorite part of the holidays for many, holiday-decorating
related falls are one of the leading causes of holiday injuries, accounting
for 17,465 hospital visits each year, according to the Centers for Disease
Control and Prevention. This year, skip the ER visit and use a stepping
stool instead of furniture when hanging lights or decorations and always
take safety measures before stepping onto a ladder - making sure that
you have someone on hand to hold it in place.
A Season for Fire Safety.
Each year, the National Fire Protection Association reports that Christmas
tree fires cause an estimated 12 deaths, 24 injuries and millions of dollars
in property damage. Prevent your scented shrub from becoming a safety
hazard by picking a fresh tree (test that it is still sticky to the touch
and that its branches are pliable and don't snap), watering it regularly
once it's in your home and removing it immediately after the holidays.
Inclement weather and a few too many drinks at the company holiday party
combine to make the last three months of the year the most dangerous for
drivers. With people driving more frequently and over greater distances
to spend the holidays with family the Thanksgiving weekend regularly sees
an average of 35 vehicle-related deaths and more than 2,300 injuries.*
So before heading over the river and through the woods, make sure that
you're doing everything you can to get there as safely as possible
by buckling up, identifying a designated driver and installing the proper
tires for icy road conditions.
*Statistics courtesy the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.