Fall-related injuries are a top cause of disability among seniors, but
during the holiday season, countless people of all ages sustain these
injuries while decorating for the holidays. You can keep your family out
of the hospital this holiday season by discussing safety precautions before
decorating your home. From our family to yours, the emergency care team
at Regional Medical Center of San Jose would like to wish your family
a safe and healthy holiday season.
Dangers of Elevated Decorating
Emergency care visits for fractures, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
and other fall-related injuries tend to spike during the holiday season.
Therefore, it’s a good idea to ask someone else to climb a ladder
for you if you have problems with balance or if you easily get dizzy.
When you do use a ladder or stepladder, make sure that pets and young
children are out of the area. Ask a responsible adult to stay near the
bottom of the ladder, which should be firmly situated on even ground.
Only hang decorations on areas that are well within your reach. Climb
down and reposition the ladder to avoid overreaching and losing your balance.
Hazards for Young Children
Getting out boxes of holiday decorations will involve having plenty of
sharp, breakable, and small objects within easy reach of young children.
Keep your young kids safe by placing these boxes out of their reach. Keep
potentially dangerous ornaments and all ornaments that require separate
hooks at the top of the tree. Let young children hang plush ornaments
that have attached loops.
Risks of House Fires
Many people prefer to use flameless LED candles, rather than real ones.
If you do choose traditional burning candles, keep them out of reach of
children and pets, and well away from flammable objects. Never leave a
candle unattended. Tree fires are more common than you might think. Water
your tree every day to prevent it from drying out. Only use lights that
meet safety guidelines and inspect them for damage every year. If you
purchase an artificial tree, choose one labeled “Fire Resistant.”
The newly renovated emergency care department at
Regional Medical Center of San Jose is available on a 24/7 basis to provide rapid evaluations and medical
interventions. Our emergency care team maintains an average wait time
of just over 10 minutes, along with immediate care for patients with life-threatening
conditions. If you have non-emergent inquiries about our hospital services
in San Jose, call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (888) 762-8881.