This time of year is joyous; however, far too many people are unnecessarily injured during the holiday season. While many injuries occur as a result of vehicle accidents, there are thousands of other injuries caused by putting up or removing holiday decorations.
The online videos of people falling off ladders or roofs while decorating for the holidays can be very amusing, but the reality is, those falls hurt and some of them cause serious injuries. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), over 18,000 visits were made to emergency rooms during the 2016-17 holiday season. The majority of these injuries were caused by falling while decorating. Sprains and strains due to lifting heavy objects were the second most common injuries during this period.
This time of year, the lights can be dazzling. Some neighborhoods have competitions to see who has the best light show. While the sights may be awe-inspiring, creating the vision can be hazardous. With displays on roofs and in trees, the potential for falling is great.
Falling is not the only hazard. Improperly lifting heavy objects can cause back strain and sprain muscles you were not even aware you had. Many people do not know about proper heavy lifting form. As a result, they lift heavy objects like Christmas trees or televisions using back muscles and get injured in the process.
By now you should be aware of the usual holiday safety precautions regarding safe driving during the season, as well as Christmas tree and holiday decoration safety to prevent fires in the home. These are very important, as they affect millions across the nation every year, changing lives forever. The same cautious attitude needs to be applied to putting up or taking down decorations. People have fallen from a ladder or roof and died as a result. Thousands more have sustained injuries that required a hospital visit.
You can avoid being a holiday season statistic by follow a few simple steps.
Check your ladder thoroughly before using it. Make sure the rungs of your ladder are intact, sturdy and dry. Also make sure your ladder is designed to hold your weight. Do not exceed its weight limit.
Practicing safe holiday measures can prevent many of the injuries that are so common this time of year.
A broken bone, sprain or strain can be quite painful no matter where it occurs in the body. Without proper care and follow up treatment, these injuries can also have lasting adverse effects. Silicon Valley Orthopaedics provides treatment with long-lasting results so you can resume normal activities. When you have orthopedic needs that require treatment, contact us for a consultation appointment.