It’s that time of the season again. Everybody is preparing for that wonderful occasion... spending time with family and friends, setting up the colorful lights, planning for that perfect getaway, wrapping presents and some fun-filled decorations for the spirit of the holidays. In this season while you try to make a wonderful memory, being extra cautious in going about various activities is completely necessary. We’ve listed 10 common Holiday accident and injuries for awareness, and in the event of unfortunate events, you may know what to do.
1) Car Accidents
The holiday season can be very busy. Our children may have many holiday-related programs at school. Add to that already busy schedule — shopping for Christmas gifts, holiday parties, travel for family gatherings. We spend much of that time in our cars on the road. In the days leading up to Christmas, many people are rushing to purchase last minute gifts. Traffic is much heavier. In addition to traffic, distractions also increase. From decorations and lights, to the kids in the car, to the cellphone, to the GPS, distractions can increase tremendously. The holidays are a time for joy. A serious car accident can quickly ruin holiday celebrations. As we drive during the holidays, we need to be aware that other drivers may feel rushed or distracted and must plan accordingly.
In the event of car accident injuries, it is recommended to set an appointment with Broward Outpatient Urgent Care after the accident to ensure that no major damages have occurred. As sometimes, it would take weeks before the side effects of the accidents are felt, and most of the time, it is at this point that the accident has dealt a large amount of damage to the spine.
2) Christmas Tree Fires
Okay, this one isn’t exactly a shocker, but it’s still one of the most common home accidents during winter (and a deadly one). In fact, 1 out of every 31 fires during the holidays result in a death (versus 1 out of 144 for the entire year). Luckily, prevention is easy. Unplug the Christmas tree lights when you’re out of the room (or out of the house), and you’ll be able to sleep soundly.
Heat is a real problem in the winter. Urgent cares and emergency rooms are filled with victims every holiday season thanks to filled kitchens, tight timetables and busy households. Instead, cooks out there need to slow down, accept help and let the family wait a little longer for that delicious holiday meal.
4) Luggage Strain
This is a real thing! Every year, travelers report injuries related to heavy lifting. Luggage, presents, decorations, trees... they all require a little bit of heave-ho. If you haven’t yet started pumping iron, get on it! Shop for the right type of luggage. Consider one that's sturdy and light weight. It is beneficial to choose a luggage with wheels and handles at the same time for easy handling. Always bend your knees while lifting!
5) Accidental Poisonings
Of the entire holiday accident list, this is probably the one you’d least suspect. Poisonings of pets and small children thanks to delicious-looking plants and decorative berries are a common threat during this time of year. Our advice: Keep the poinsettias and berry-strewn wreaths up high and out of reach.
6) Food Poisoning
Food poisoning is another frequent cause of urgent care visits during this time of year, especially with many Thanksgiving lovers enjoying leftovers far past their expiration date. A good rule of thumb: Eat that turkey within three days of preparation for optimal taste and health.
7) Decorating Mishaps
Probably the most common of all holiday accidents are due to decorating disasters. Each year, men and women everywhere fall from ladders and rooftops while attempting the very best seasonal displays. To help keep you safe while you combat that animated Santa, make sure BOTH feet are firmly on the ladder (and don’t ever use the top rung).
8) Slip and Falls
Slips and falls mirror car accidents in that they occur thanks to changes in weather conditions, poor visibility and sometimes after an evening of celebrating (or surviving) with the family. Always make sure you are stepping on stable surface, if you feel or not sure if you are safe on that ladder or stool then better not risk it. Always trust your instincts. In any case, make sure that there are no pointed or hard objects on the ground. Clean up the clutters that may injure you in case unfortunate event happens.
9) Extension Cord Attacks
Roughly 2,000 people are treated each season for sprains and lacerations thanks to exposed extension cords. These decorating necessities also contribute to fires because of improperly placed cords (using indoor ones for outdoor displays) and overloaded circuitry. You can protect yourself and your loved ones by always using cords responsibly and by ensuring regular paths are clear.
10) Wrapping Paper Turmoil
Okay, wrapping paper isn’t exactly to blame, but every year enthusiastic gift openers visit urgent care centers and emergency rooms thanks to knife and box cutter injuries. To those wielding these sharp objects, always cut away from your body! One good away to avoid lacerations when opening holiday presents is to keep calm and just enjoy the process of opening the gifts.
All right, there you have it - 10 common holiday accidents.
Prevent the ones you can and protect yourself from the rest. If you have any questions, or need to make an appointment with Broward Outpatient Urgent Care, contact us now!
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