CHRISTMAS INJURIES: Top 11 accidents most likely to happen on Christmas Day!

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Christmas is a hazardous time!  More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.

According to the NHS, during Christmas, your home is likely to be full of people and, in the excitement, accidents can easily happen.  So to ensure WorkSafe first aiders are ready for action we thought we would give you the low down on the top 11 accidents most likely to happen on Christmas Day and here they are:

1. Kitchen

Hot fat, boiling water and sharp knives make the kitchen one of the most dangerous places during the holiday.

2. Stairs

Clutter, alcohol and tiredness make the stairs an accident hotspot during Christmas. It’s common to fall down steps or stairs after drinking.

3. Presents

Typical Christmas Day accidents include parents accidentally stabbing themselves with scissors, which they’ve used to assemble toys, instead of using a screwdriver. People often cut themselves
with knives when they’re opening presents too quickly. People also trip over toys and electric cables while rushing to try their new computers and other appliances.

4. Christmas trees

Beware of your Christmas tree. That Norwegian spruce is not as innocent as it looks. Every year, about 1,000 people are injured by their tree, usually while fixing stars, lights or other decorations to the higher branches. Some trees can even catch on fire if positioned near a fireplace.

5. Fairy lights

Around 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights. Injuries include people falling while they’re putting them up, children swallowing the bulbs, and people getting electric shocks and burns from faulty lights.

6. Decorations

About 1,000 people a year are hurt when decorating their homes. Children bite into glass baubles and adults fall while using unstable chairs instead of ladders to put up streamers, or fall out of lofts while looking for the decorations.

7. Candles

People are 50% more likely to die in a house fire over Christmas than at any other time of year. Taking care with candles and oil burners is one way to help you and your family and friends avoid a Christmas house fire.

8. Christmas plants

Mistletoe is poisonous. Its berries contain toxic proteins that slow the heart rate and can cause hallucinations. The orange berries of the Christmas cherry can cause stomach pains. The Christmas rose is so effective at causing diarrhoea that it was used as a chemical weapon by the ancient Greeks.

9. Stress

Christmas is one of the most stressful times of the year. The combination of drink, relatives, lack of sleep and the stress of Christmas shopping can be too much for some people.

10. Indigestion and food poisoning

Food poisoning is always a worry at Christmas. Read the instructions on the turkey well. It takes hours to cook a turkey properly. If you don’t, you could contract salmonella poisoning, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable people.

11. Alcohol

Apart from the risks to your own health, alcohol can be the chief mischief maker when it comes to accidents.