The 4 most common Christmas injuries
If the rest of Australia is anything like Victoria, where the Victoria Injury Surveillance Unit collects data from state emergency departments, doctors can expect to see some interesting injuries this holiday season.
The Christmas and New Years period has some unique dangers, with hundreds of people cutting themselves while opening presents with knives, electrocuted by colored lights, pinning their eyes on pine branches, and injuring themselves in other holiday-related accidents .
However, the consumer watchdog Election reports that the highest number of injuries during the holidays are usually related to falls, with 41% of the injuries during the holiday period caused by falls.
More at 7NEWS.com.au:
Cases of people cut or punctured account for 8% of injuries during this time, Christmas decorations cause 6% of injuries, and Christmas trees cause 4% of injuries.
Other injuries include the elderly who collapse or cannot cope with increased social activities or stress during the holiday season, and cases of children eating inappropriate objects.
How to stay safe this holiday season
– Read warning labels and follow product safety instructions
– Check products at home to make sure button batteries are not easily accessible
– Do not place heavy items on top of the shelves and ideally fix the furniture to the walls
– Supervise children in pools, even when they have flotation devices.
– Supervise children in portable pools, then empty and put them away
– Check that your pool door and latches are properly locked
– Check the condition of the trampolines and supervise the children who play on them.
– Wear a life jacket when kayaking, waterskiing, fishing in a boat, or participating in other activities in the water
– Be careful when opening gifts and placing decorations.
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