When we think of the holiday season, we usually think of our family and friends, along with the traditional gatherings and festivities. Sadly, the winter months are often the busiest season for your local emergency room. Injuries and accidents during the holiday season cause thousands of emergency room visits each year. This season, be sure to keep in mind the most common causes of holiday accidents and injuries and work to keep your loved ones safe from harm.
Most Common Holiday Accidents
Some of the most common accidents during the holiday season include:
- Fires: Fires during the holiday season are often caused by malfunctioning decorative lights on a tree, by burning wrapping paper in a fireplace, or by leaving candles unattended. They are also often caused by kitchen accidents or other defective decorations. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that more than 400 people die each year in holiday fires and over 1,600 people are injured.
- Car accidents: Wet, icy, snowy, or other weather conditions make holiday driving a challenge. Unfortunately, people are much more likely to travel during this dangerous season than during any other. Alcohol consumption during celebrations and festivities also increases the likelihood of accidents caused by drunk drivers.
- Falls: Falls from ladders and roofs while hanging decorations both inside and outside cause a large number of injuries. In fact, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that injuries related to holiday decorations send more than 12,000 people to the emergency room
It is important to do your part to keep yourself and your loved ones safe from danger this season by being aware of the most common types of accidents and how to prevent them. Keep in mind though that if an accident does occur, help is always available at your nearest emergency care center.