The holiday season is a time of excitement, joy and making memories. Unfortunately, it can also pose unique risks for injuries you may not expect. Avoid making memories you wish you could forget by considering the following common injuries during the holidays.
Every year, millions of people climb attic ladders and enter storage units to pull out the holiday decorations. Getting in the holiday spirit with festive decorations is actually a common cause of emergency room visits during the holidays. The most common causes are:
· Falling off of ladders
· Electrical injuries
· Slip and fall injuries
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall injuries are common at any time of year, but even more so during the holiday season. Wet, snowy and icy weather makes for a dangerous combination. As you walk around shopping centers or visit the homes of loved ones, be mindful of slippery surfaces. Slip and fall accidents can cause:
· Broken bones
· Brain injury
· Nerve damage
The holidays are a time for cooking and sharing great food. Unfortunately, when sharing food, you may also be sharing germs. Improperly cooked food or improperly stored leftovers can lead to food poisoning and illnesses like salmonella or E. coli. If you plan to use the services of a restaurant or caterer, make sure you know where the food was prepared and when.
Millions of people travel near the holidays. That means more traffic on already congested streets coupled with anxiety and a sense of hurriedness that accompanies the holiday season. During peak holiday travel times, auto accident rates increase. There are a few reasons why this happens:
· There are more vehicles on the road
· People traveling may be distracted or fatigued
· More people drive after consuming alcohol during the holidays
Holiday parties mean that alcohol and good times may be readily available. Unfortunately, that means an increase in emergency room visits due to reckless conduct and poor decision-making. During the holidays, emergency rooms see an increase in visits due to alcohol, anxiety, auto accidents and cardiac-related conditions.