Don’t Let Holiday Decorating Cause Injuries in Your Household

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.

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