Stay safe this Christmas
Monday 1st December
Each year more than 80,000 people need treatment at hospital for accidents that occur over the Christmas period.
Alongside an increase in admissions due to winter illness, the UK hospitals see thousands of people treated for Christmas-related injuries. More accidents happen at home than anywhere else and at Christmas the accident statistics increase, with serious incidents such as house fires coming in alongside careless injuries such as a knife cut whilst trying to assemble a toy.
Christmas accident statistics:
- Since 1996, 31 people have died from watering their Christmas tree with the lights plugged in
- 1 in 10 people burn themselves while setting fire to Christmas pudding
- 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights
- 1,000 people a year are hurt when decorating their homes
- 30 people die from food poisoning each Christmas
- People are 50% more likely to be in a house fire at Christmas than at any other time of the year
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has some guidelines to help reduce the number of accidents that occur in your home this Christmas.
Keep your house safe:
- Do not leave candles unattended
- Ensure Christmas wrapping and cards are clear of open flames
- Keep clutter to a minimum to reduce the risk of falls
- Beware of trailing cables – invest in a cable tidy to keep wires to a minimum
- Look out for small items e.g. cracker prizes that could cause a choking hazard in small children.
- Keep scissors at hand to open any packaging, and have screwdrivers ready to assemble toys. Do not use a knife
Stress was also a key factor in a number of accidents so be sure to read our article about having a stress free family Christmas.
This article has been brought to you using public health information freely available online (click on links in the article for more information). Benenden Health has not provided any direct medical advice within this article. Please consult the sources provided if you would like additional information or support or contact your GP for further advice.