‘Tis the Season to Be Merry, But Also Mindful of Safety!
As the festive lights adorn the streets of New York, the holiday season brings joy, laughter, and, unfortunately, a few common personal injuries. Let’s unwrap some statistics and share tips to ensure a safe and holly-jolly celebration for all New Yorkers!
- Slip-and-Falls on Winter Wonderland Sidewalks
Statistics: According to NYC Open Data, slip-and-falls see a seasonal spike during winter months.
Opt for non-slip footwear.
Keep an eye out for icy patches, especially near entrances.
Property owners: Regularly salt sidewalks to prevent ice buildup.
- Ornamental Accidents: Tree Decorating Dangers
Statistics: The Consumer Product Safety Commission notes an increase in injuries related to decorating activities during the holiday season.
Use a sturdy ladder for reaching high branches.
Keep breakable ornaments out of reach of curious pets and children.
Be cautious with electrical decorations to prevent shocks.
- Twinkle Lights Tango: Electrocution Hazards
Statistics: The U.S. Fire Administration reports an uptick in electrical fires during December.
Inspect lights for frayed wires before decorating.
Avoid overloading electrical outlets.
Turn off decorations before bedtime or leaving the house.
- Santa’s Workshop Mishaps: Toy-Related Injuries
Statistics: Emergency rooms see an increase in visits for toy-related injuries during the holiday season (Source: Safe Kids Worldwide).
Check for age-appropriate labels on toys.
Assemble toys in a well-lit area.
Discard packaging promptly to avoid trip hazards.
- Package Pirouettes: Delivery-Related Incidents
Statistics: The surge in online shopping translates to an increase in delivery-related accidents.
Clear pathways for delivery personnel.
Track packages and retrieve them promptly.
Secure pets when answering the door.
‘Twas the Night Before Safety: Wrap-Up Thoughts
The holiday season is a time for joy, but a dash of caution can ensure that your celebrations are accident-free. By staying mindful of common personal injuries, we can all contribute to a safer and more cheerful New York holiday season.
Wishing you a festive and injury-free celebration!