Prevent Holiday Season Injuries

Prevent Holiday Season Injuries

Prevent Holiday Season Injuries

A cocktail of excitement, stress, tiredness and alcohol can create unexpected hazards in the home at Christmas.

More than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.

During Christmas, your home is likely to be full of people and, in the excitement, accidents can easily happen.

“We want to help people prevent their festivities being cut short by a trip to A&E,” says Sheila Merrill, home safety manager at the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA).

“Our message is that the home should be as safe as necessary, rather than as safe as possible. With a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.”


Hot fat, boiling water and sharp knives make the kitchen one of the most dangerous places during the holiday.

“The Christmas meal is probably the biggest meal most families cook all year. It needs careful planning to avoid injuries,” says Merrill.

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