More than 80,000 people are treated for injuries – including falls, cuts and burns – every year over the festive period. The excitement and stress of the Christmas period, combined with too much alcohol and being over-tired means that the home very often becomes a place full of hazards.
Given the fact that your home is likely to be full of people for at least some part of the festive period, it means that accidents are far more likely. So, in order to minimise the chance of accidents and to make your home as free from risk as possible, here are some of the most common incidents to happen over the Christmas period.
The kitchen is perhaps one of the most hazardous areas of the home, especially on Christmas day. Boiling water, sharp knives, hot fat and an oven that’s constantly above 200 degrees, are all accidents waiting to happen.
There’s always the potential for accidents, it doesn’t matter how careful you are, but there are ways to reduce the risk. Make sure your kitchen doesn’t get overcrowded and keep anyone out that doesn’t need to be in there (especially children), avoid alcohol until you’ve finished cooking and mop up any spills as soon as they’ve happened to stop people slipping.
As tempting as it may be to place gifts on the stairs until you can be bothered to take them up later, don’t. Clutter combined with alcohol and tiredness means the stairs are a particularly common place for accidents over Christmas. It’s not just falling down them either, falling upstairs is also pretty common, and both are more likely to be avoided if steps are kept free obstacles, there’s much less chance of you or any of your guests taking an unfortunate tumble.
Presents always bring with them a whole lot of trouble, and one of the most common injuries of Christmas Day, is parents stabbing themselves with scissors when trying to put toys together for the kids. A lot of people also try to open gifts with knives in an attempt to get into them quicker, this generally just results in cuts and the odd stab wound so it’s not advisable.
Christmas Day means a lot of rushing around for many families, so once gifts have been opened, they’re usually left all over the floor. Toys and cables strewn along the floor creates a serious tripping hazard in the home and is the cause of many Christmas Day injuries.
Don’t rush through the day, take time to enjoy every moment and in the process, significantly reduce the risk of any accidents by making time to tidy things away as you go.
Although your tree might look beautiful when it’s finished, a lot of people become injured when trying to put decorations on some of the highest branches – especially on a real tree. If your tree is too tall for you to reach, make sure you use a step ladder when decorating the highest branches and try to choose a tree that’s the correct size for your home to avoid the chance of injury when sawing it down to size.
Surprisingly, according to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), there are around 350 injuries every year because of Christmas tree lights. The most common injuries include electric shocks, swallowing bulbs and burns.
Over the festive period you’re 50% more likely to die in a house fire than at any other time of the year. Festive candles and oil burners are huge fire risks so if you like to have some candles burning, keep them away from the Christmas tree and always make sure you blow them out before going to bed.
It doesn’t matter how cautious you are, accidents can still happen, so if they do, you know we’re here to help you with your claim needs throughout the festive period.