With all the hype and demands surrounding Christmas time, it’s no surprise that thousands of people are injured every year. A little more patience and caution, could drastically reduce the chances of holiday-related injuries. The injuries that are surprisingly common:
Back Injuries caused by Lifting
Poorly lifting the Christmas tree, frequently climbing ladders and lifting various heavy objects, quite common at Christmas time , can lead to back injuries. The resulting pain can be acute and short lived, but often times can become chronic and unpleasant to deal with.
Falls are very common around the holidays, when people go to great heights to decorate their Christmas trees and put up lights. When decorating, use step stools instead of furniture and take precaution when stepping onto a ladder. Ladder injuries can be prevented by making sure the ladder is on solid ground and having someone hold the ladder still while you are on it.
A fun game of football or cricket with the family can result in pulled hamstring or concussion after a hard-hitting tackle. Sports injuries are very common during the holidays when families get together. Even playtime for kids can result in injuries, like bruises, cuts and broken bones. If you’re going to play sport this holiday season, make sure you don’t overexert yourself in order to avoid unintentional injuries.
It’s a dangerous gamble buying your kids a skateboard, roller blades or surfboard, purely because dad sees it as an opportunity to show the kids how it’s done. Around this time people, do things they used to do 20 years ago. Simple advice is, just take it a little bit slower and carefully.
Christmas is one of the busiest travel times of the year. As more people use the roads to go out of town, the greater the risk for car accidents and car-related injuries. Not to mention, there are more impaired drivers out on the road during the holidays than the rest of the year. Whiplash, lacerations, bruises and broken bones are just some of the car-related injuries that can happen to drivers who’ve been in a car crash. In order to prevent car accidents, you can make sure you and your family and friends always have a designated driver after drinking and avoid the roads late at night and during high traffic times. Also, make sure everyone in your vehicle is buckled up at all times and young children are
Christmas is meant to be a joyous and wonderful time, but can be spoiled by an injury. By taking extra preventive measures to ensure that you enjoy the holidays safely, you can prevent injuries, property damage and even death. So before plugging in those lights, hoisting the tree or removing decorations, be sure to follow the steps and tips provided.