The holiday season is fast approaching, and it’s important to remember that accidents tend to happen more frequently during this time of year. Did you know that falls and injuries account for more than 30% of emergency room visits? That number rises during the holiday season.
Almost half of decorating accidents are falls that lead to broken bones, head injuries, and pulled muscles. You might be surprised to learn that most of these accidents happen right in the comfort of our own homes. Yes, our homes can be a potential minefield of hazards during the holidays.
DECORATING FOR FALL PREVENTION
One danger to be aware of is falling while hanging decorations. Sadly, every year, thousands of individuals end up in the emergency room due to fall-related injuries, often resulting from stringing lights on trees or houses. To avoid becoming a statistic, take necessary precautions. Prioritize using a sturdy ladder and ensure its stability before climbing. It is crucial to use both hands while ascending and refrain from carrying any items. Be sure to have a partner to help decorate and keep you safe. Let’s make well-being a top priority this holiday season.
FALL PREVENTION WHEN LIGHTING DECORATIONS
As we embrace the festive spirit and adorn our homes with beautiful decorations, we must be mindful of potential hazards. One such hazard is the presence of wires, which can easily cause tripping falls. During the holiday season, many people rely on extension cords to power their Christmas lights and other festive adornments. However, it’s essential to recognize that these cords can pose a severe fall risk.
It is advisable to hide or disguise the extension cords effectively, aiming to eliminate any potential tripping hazards. For fall prevention, hide or conceal extension cords so they are not a tripping hazard. By taking this precautionary measure, we can significantly reduce the risk of accidents and falls within our homes.
In addition to the threat of tripping over cords, it’s essential to be cautious of slippery surfaces. As we welcome guests during the holiday season, it’s crucial to be mindful of surfaces that may become slippery due to inclement weather or spilled liquids. By addressing these potential dangers promptly and taking necessary precautions, we can safeguard ourselves and our loved ones from unnecessary accidents and injuries.
HEAVY LIFTING INJURIES
Beware of the dangers of lifting heavy gift items this holiday season. Not only can it cause painful back injuries, but it can also lead to sprains, strains, or even worse, excruciating back pain that may require a trip to the emergency room. It is crucial to take precautions to avoid mishaps. If possible, seek assistance when lifting heavy objects. If that is not an option, use proper lifting techniques. Remember to bend at your knees, not your waist, and keep the object close to your body as you lift it. Stay safe and protect your back this holiday season.
During the festive moments of gift unwrapping, especially in crowded settings, it is highly likely that wrapping paper, bows, ribbons, and other holiday items will end up scattered on the floor. It is crucial to take precautions by having a nearby trash container to prevent accidents caused by tripping over the accumulating debris. Stay safe, and keep the festive spirit alive!
Remember, when it comes to the holiday, safety always comes first. By keeping these considerations in mind, we can create a genuinely safe, enjoyable, and enchanting environment for all. If you experience pain during the holidays, we are here for you.
From our BPWC family to yours, we wish you a joyful, safe holiday season full of blessings and happiness.
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