It’s the most dangerous time of the year! Well, maybe not the most dangerous, but with all the festivities and fun, accidents are common around the holiday season. To help guide you through these treacherous months, here is a list of the most common accidents and how to avoid them.
- Hypothermia – Playing in the snow can be a blast but it can lead to serious injury if you get too cold. Wear plenty of layers, making sure to cover extremities. If you are working up a sweat shoveling snow, change out base layers to keep sweat from cooling against your skin. Children should come inside frequently to warm up when playing in cold weather.
- Food borne illness – At gatherings and parties, food can easily sit out for several hours. All perishable dips and meats should be monitored to make sure they are still safe for consumption.
- Falling while decorating – Make sure to use a sound latter while hanging decorations and work with a buddy. Don’t lift boxes that are too heavy and avoid twisting and reaching too far to put that last ornament on the tree.
- Space heaters – As always, allow a 3 foot radius around all heat sources to prevent fires.
- Christmas tree fires – Keep your Christmas tree well watered and turn off all lights when the tree is unattended.
- Injury due to carrying luggage – All heavy luggages should be equipped with wheels to avoid back and shoulder strain from carrying bags. Use a cart when available.
- Children and animals ingesting plants or decoration – mistletoe, holly berry, poinsettias, and amaryllis can be toxic if eaten. Make sure to keep them out the reach of children and animals.
- Alcohol related accidents – According to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, alcohol related accidents are 2 to 3 times more likely to occur during the holiday season. Never drive while intoxicated and when hosting an event make sure that all parties have a designated driver. Consume alcohol responsibly.
- Electrocution – String lights safely and carefully keeping in mind moisture and overloading your circuit.
- Stress and depression – While this time of year can be full of joy and love, it can also be very stressful. If the holidays leave you feeling depleted and depressed, try shaking up your holiday plans and focusing on the positive aspects of the season. Volunteer your time or go on a family hike around the holidays to refresh your mood.
We hope you have a lovely holiday season!