Prevent Christmas Injuries

December 23, 2015   //   No Comments

A cocktail of excitement, stress, tiredness and alcohol can create unexpected hazards in the home at Christmas.

According to the NHS, more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.  People are 50% more likely to die in a house fire over Christmas than at any other time of year.  During Christmas, your home is likely to be full of people and, in the excitement, accidents can easily happen. nhs christmas-injuries_377x171

Typical accidents include:

– injuries from hot fat, boiling water and sharp knives when cooking the Christmas meal

– stabbing injuries when wrapping presents  or assembling toys using scissors instead of a screwdriver

– falls when trying to decorate high branches of the Christmas tree on a chair instead of a step ladder

– electric shocks and burns from faulty fairy lights and children swallowing the bulbs

– falling out of lofts while looking for Christmas decorations

– injuries from broken glass baubles

– fires from candles left burning

– poison from mistletoe

– stress

– indigestion and food poisoning

– excess alcohol

You may read the full report here, which provides plenty of tips for preventing these types of accidents, although the overriding message is to avoid overdoing the alcohol!

Source: NHS Choices