Don’t windup in the emergency department this Christmas and risk your health. Instead, think safety first.
Don’t Become Another Emergency Department Statistic
It is estimated that 40 percent more injuries occur over the festive season. While family gatherings, present exchanging and the consumption of foods and alcohol takes place, hospital emergency departments are busy dealing with Christmas related injuries.
According to statistics the highest number of injuries involved children under 4-years-of-age and adults aged 35 to 40-years. Some of the most common injuries were falls while hanging Christmas decorations, pool incidents, sprains and breaks, burns, cuts and eye injuries.
Eye injuries were mostly caused by glitter from baubles, glitter glues, glitter moisturisers and children’s toys. Falls mostly occurred from ladders while trying to hang decorations.
How to Avoid Injuries
St. Johns recommend that more Australians have first-aid certification as only 8 percent currently hold a certificate, even though most Australian’s know that first aid is important. St. Johns also recommend having a fully stocked first-aid kit so that injuries can be dealt with correctly.
You can also follow these tips to avoid injuries:
* Pool injuries – If you’re hosting a pool party, then have a designated person watch over the children. Don’t allow older children to supervise younger children. If you’ve been drinking alcohol, then don’t jump into the pool, and make sure someone who hasn’t been drinking supervise activities.
* Sprains and breaks – If you’re buying someone a skateboard, scooter, rollerblades or a push bike, then make sure they also have the right protective wear as well.
* Burns – Be aware of the risks associated with hot items and fire, especially in the kitchen and around the BBQ. If you’ve been drinking alcohol, then don’t handle hot items. If someone gets burnt then run cool water over the injury for 20 minutes. If the burns are extensive then put the burnt person in a cool shower or put a running hose on their injury until help arrives.
* Cuts – Be wary when handling scissors or knifes. Make sure you use proper tools when assembling toys.
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Written by eChoice