The holidays are a time to enjoy the company of family and friends. Unfortunately, the peacefulness of the season is often disrupted by holiday-related injuries. People may suffer traumatic injuries while decorating or burns caused by flames or electrical currents . Being aware of these types of injuries can help you keep your family safe this holiday season. From our family to yours, the hospital staff at Regional Medical Center of San Jose would like to wish our neighbors a safe and joyous season.
Injuries from Candles
Candles can set fire to tablecloths, drapes, and evergreens, and they can cause serious burn injuries. Keep lit candles on a stable surface away from flammable objects and out of reach of children. Ensure that all candles are extinguished when they can no longer be supervised. Families who have young children might consider using flameless LED candles.
Injuries Caused by Holiday Decorating
Each holiday season, far too many people wind up in the hospital because of injuries sustained while decorating their homes. If you must use a ladder to decorate the exterior of your home, ensure that it is set up properly on a stable surface. Falling from a ladder is a common cause of holiday-related injuries such as sprains and strains, fractures, and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Additionally, be aware of the dangers of electrical burns from holiday lights. Check each extension cord and set of lights for signs of frayed wires, loose connections, and broken sockets. Be sure to keep cords out of reach of young children to prevent electrical burns.
Injuries Caused by Gifts
Gift-related injuries are surprisingly common. Young children may choke on the small parts of toys, while older children may rush out to try a new pair of rollerblades without wearing a helmet. Recipients of food gifts may suffer from allergic reactions or food poisoning. Be mindful of safety issues when giving and receiving gifts this holiday season.
The recently renovated and expanded Emergency Room at Regional Medical Center of San Jose is always available to provide rapid care to those who sustain injuries this holiday season. Our state-of-the-art hospital is also pleased to serve residents of the San Jose area with exceptional stroke care, heart health services, breast care, and robotic surgery. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911 right away; otherwise, contact a registered nurse at our hospital by calling (888) 762-8881.