Most Common Christmas Injuries and How to Prevent Them

December 16, 2022

Christmas is a time for celebration and joy, but it can also be a time for accidents. According to the National Safety Council, there are certain types of injuries that are more common during the holiday season. In this blog post, we will discuss the most common Christmas injuries and how you can prevent them from happening to you or your loved ones!

Holiday Slip & Fall Injuries

The most common holiday injury is falling. Slips and trips are the most frequent cause of these accidents, resulting in sprains, strains, fractures, and even head trauma. To prevent a fall, ensure that your house is free from clutter during the holiday season and that pathways to walkways are clear. Avoid standing on furniture or reaching for items on high shelves, as these can be especially dangerous. Additionally, make sure that walkways are well-lit and check the weather before heading outside.

Burns & Fire Injuries

Unattended candles, Christmas tree lights, overloaded electrical outlets, and skyrockets can all cause serious burns and even start fires. To stay safe, keep any kind of open flame away from flammable materials and avoid leaving candles or fireplaces unattended. Ensure that you follow the manufacturer’s instructions when using holiday lights and decorations, as these can be a major source of fires. Also, always double-check your smoke detectors and extinguishers to ensure they are in working order.

Choking & Strangulation Injuries

Choking and strangulation injuries can occur during the holiday season due to decorations and toys. Ornaments, tinsel, ribbons, and garland all pose a choking hazard for young children. Additionally, children can become strangulated by decorative lights, ribbons, or decorations. To prevent choking and strangulation injuries, make sure that all decorations are out of reach for young children. Avoid purchasing toys with small pieces, as these can be choking hazards, and supervise young children when playing with their holiday gifts.

Electric Shocks

Christmas lights and decorations often require electricity, which can lead to electric shocks if not used safely. Make sure any holiday lights or decorations are approved for indoor use and check the wiring before hanging them up. Make sure that you do not overload outlets with too many items, as this can cause an electrical fire.

How a Kentucky Personal Injury Lawyer Can Help

You may be eligible for compensation if you have been injured due to someone else’s negligence during the holiday season. A Kentucky personal injury lawyer can help you determine if you have a valid case and what your options are for seeking justice. They will work to protect your rights throughout the entire legal process and ensure that you receive the compensation that you deserve.

Saladino & Schaaf has been protecting the rights of personal injury victims for over 20 years. Our team of experienced attorneys have the knowledge and resources to handle any personal injury case, no matter how complex. We understand that this is a difficult time for you, which is why we will do everything in our power to ensure a favorable outcome for your case.

Schedule a free case consultation online or call us today at 270-444-0406 (Paducaky, KY) or 270-753-1529 (Murray, KY).

All of us at Saladino & Schaaf wishes you a very safe holiday season!




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