The holiday season is a time of year to catch up with friends and family, and it is often a time of travel. Leaving home may seem safe as most accidents occur within a five-mile radius, but the holiday season is often a time when there is an increase in injuries for many. There are a number of reasons this occurs, but staying safe and injury free is possible.
Texting and Driving Do Not Mix
Over the last few years, texting and driving has been in the news for causing accidents. People become distracted while they are on the road, and they forget about vehicle safety. This has become such an issue that the U. S. Air Force has listed it first in a post about holiday safety. No matter how important that text may seem, it will wait until later. Ignoring the phone also allows for defensive driving and watching for road hazards such as impaired drivers in other vehicles.
Food and cooking are an important part of many holiday traditions, and the kitchen is generally the scene of injuries. Part of the issue is cooking with loved ones in an unfamiliar kitchen, but injury need not be a part of the holiday. Taking a few minutes to become familiar with the layout is one good way to avoid holiday injuries, and concentrating on tasks using sharp knives is another. Putting safety first in the kitchen will help ensure no one needs to visit the emergency room.
Slip and Fall Injuries
This time of year is often cold, and ice on sidewalks, driveways and roads is a major hazard. Family gatherings often include small children and busy adults, and spills occur frequently. Going to visit a neighbor or friend might become an issue if these situations occur, and it pays to look before stepping. Avoiding this type of injury takes awareness, and walking cautiously is always best.
No one wants to spend time in the emergency room during the holiday season, and preparedness for any holiday injuries that may occur is essential. If an injury does happen, please contact us with any questions.