Christmas Safety Tips
As the holiday wind-down truly sets in, we collectively start looking forward to a well-earned break with friends and family. And though Christmas is a fun and relaxing time of year, accidents do happen! Cooking dinner for big groups, using ladders to tend to tinsel, and being surrounded by a host of kids’ new toys can all increase the risk of slips and trips. And while there are available resources to help you deal with minor injuries over the festive season, prevention is better than cure!
“We’re definitely planning for an increase in patient numbers over the Christmas period”, says Richard Egan of MyMedical, a walk-in urgent care clinic based in Dublin. “We treat minor injuries and illnesses when they occur; things that don’t need to be seen in a hospital emergency room, but still require medical attention.” To help avoid injury this Christmas, Richard has the following five tips:
- Think Before You Climb
Falls from ladders, tables and other raised surfaces are more prevalent during Christmas, when we put up lights and decorations. These falls can result in lacerations and broken bones or, worse, serious head injuries. Avoid using furniture and tables to stand on, as they’re not designed for that – use a step stool or ladder instead, according to the height you need to reach.
- Slow Down
Give yourself enough time to prepare and cook Christmas dinner to avoid hot fat, boiling water and sharp knife accidents that come from rushing. Also, keep anyone not helping with dinner out of the kitchen!
Have scissors handy to open packaging, so you're not tempted to use a knife and cause a sharp cut to your skin.
- Tidy Away Those Cables
Beware of trailing cables and wires in the rush to connect new gadgets and appliances. Tidy as you go – don’t leave them for children and older people to fall over.
- De-Clutter Regularly
Falls are the most common accidents, so try to keep clutter to a minimum. Make sure stairs are well-lit and free from obstacles, especially if you have guests.
Of course, despite our best intentions, accidents still happen. “MyMedical is open seven days a week, 365 days a year”, says Richard, “and we’re maintaining a steady service over Christmas.”