Though the Christmas season is a joyous and wonderful time, it can also be a dangerous time. We need to remember to be especially cautious to avoid injury during this time of year.
Each holiday season in the US, there are more than 6,000 people who present to emergency rooms with fall related injuries. Thousands more are injured with bruises and sprains, but they manage these at home. If there is ice or snow on the ground, step carefully, wear proper footwear, and remember to salt your sidewalks for safety. If you have elderly relatives visiting your home, be sure to clear walking paths of objects that could cause someone to trip and fall.
Falls while hanging house lights or decorating a tall tree can also be a problem. Always use a secure ladder and never stand on a stool or piece of furniture hang these high decorations. For outside lights, you may even want to consider hiring a professional.
Cuts, eye injuries and choking hazards from Christmas decorations can also be a big problem, so watch out for your little ones!
Finally, candle-related fires result in over 100 deaths and 1,000 injuries each season so be very careful that your candles are not left burning unattended or in close proximity to a flammable object. Also, be sure to check your electric hookups to make sure that they are wired correctly and not overloaded.
Be especially cautious during this holiday season and have a wonderful Christmas.
Dr. Alan E. Hibberd is a board-certified orthopaedic surgeon with The San Antonio Orthopaedic Group. He treats all orthopaedic conditions, with the exception of the spine, for patients aged 16 years and up. He has a special interest in reconstructive surgery, including total hip replacement and total knee replacement. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Hibberd, call 210.281.9595.