Most Common Ways You May Actually Hurt Yourself During the Holidays

December 20th 2016

Almie Rose

The holiday season comes with a great many things: family visits, presents, food and, also, a surprising amount of hospital visits due to injuries.

"There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season."

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has released extensive data regarding holiday-related injuries, or how many injuries Americans suffer from November to December. In 2013, the report estimated "15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December 2012."

"There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season," Robert Adler, acting CPSC chairman, reported. "Adding safety to your checklist can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy. Keep Christmas trees watered well, don’t leave candles unattended, and use caution whenever you are on a ladder."

"Holiday-related injury"

This type of injury is usually the result of holiday preparation, such as, decorating or gift-wrapping. The wrapping and unwrapping of gifts is apparently one popular way to injure oneself but there's also a lot of people who cut themselves via broken Christmas tree ornaments. It's reasons like these that put "lacerations" at the top of the injury list.

The most common holiday injuries:


People also get injured while hanging lights on their house, or in Christmas-tree related incidents (like trying to trim the tree or reaching to put something on the tree and falling). And if not cautious, the light decorations on trees can be a possible way to start a fire.

"When it comes to fires, from 2009 through 2011, fire departments nationwide responded to an average of 200 fires in which the Christmas tree was the first item ignited," according to the CPSC. It also cautioned against leaving candles unattended.

To avoid a Christmas tree fire, here are some tips: "Place [the tree] away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators. Because heated rooms rapidly dry out live trees, be sure to monitor water levels daily, and keep the tree stand filled with water."

But it's not just adults who get hurt.



Statistics show that a great portion of holiday injuries happen to those 1 years old and younger. "A disproportionate number of patients were young children," Keith Collins wrote on the findings for Quartz Dec. 12. "Most of whom had swallowed small ornaments."

Lastly, for those who burn wrapping paper in the fireplace, which you are not advised to do, CPSC has issued a warning: "A flash fire may result from burning wrapping papers because wrappings can ignite suddenly and burn intensely." However, it seems like ultimately, a great deal of adult holiday injuries are preventable.

Stay safe this holiday season.

[H/T Quartz]