Every year children and adults are injured throughout the holiday and winter season from decorating, unsafe non-age appropriate toys, winter driving on wet and icy roads, food preparation, holiday stress to winter sport activities. To assist in preventing injuries this holiday season, Pro Consumer Safety continues in providing no-cost awareness materials for educators, healthcare providers and organizations, available for download, printing and distribution to help provide prevention tips to parents and families.
The most common injuries include:
- Adult falls (mostly from ladders), cuts, burns, and back strains from decorating
- Fires: Most tree fires happen between Christmas and New Year's when trees become more dried out. Tree fires happen because of three common reasons: 1) The tree not being watered-Live trees dry quickly in a warm home, especially when not watered regularly causing a high fire risk. 2) the tree being placed too close to a heat source (fireplace or heater), and 3) Too many strands of lights plugged into together.
- Falls and poisonings among toddler-aged children: Children under the age of 5 are also treated in emergency departments during this time of year for injuries associated with 1) shopping cart and escalator related-falls while parents are shopping; and 2) in the home from being exposed to poisonous holiday plants and decorations that look like candy.
Pro Consumer Safety has established holiday safety materials available for download, printing and distribution in an effort to help increase awareness and decrease the risk of exposure to keep families safer and healthy throughout the holiday and winter season.