How to Celebrate the Holidays and Avoid Injuries

Happy Holidays! Here’s your gentle reminder on how to avoid holiday season injuries.

Before I get to that however, I hope you and your family have had a restful and pleasant holiday season. As we all know, this is sometimes easier said than done. Instead, holidays, particularly with family, can be eventful. And not always in a good way. People get injured during the holidays and that is the last thing any of us want: to spend precious family time in the hospital. According to Quartz, a research agency, the rate of injuries goes up during the holidays. This isn’t surprising. However, there are many things folks can do to prevent injuries during this holiday season.

Rule #1: Use common sense.

Don’t have four beers and then get on the ladder to hang up or take down Christmas lights. Falls are a horribly common, catastrophic, and often preventable form of injury.

It’s easy to get carried away by the excitement of the holiday season and forget the basic things we do to stay safe during the rest of the year. This Texas Dad decided to try his 11 year old’s new toy out:

It’s an amusing video, but only because he wasn’t injured, thankfully.

Rule #2: If you drink alcohol, know your limits.

Unfortunately, some folks get crazy injuries where alcohol is involved. Taking a page out of the Mike Tyson playbook, this guy bit off his relative’s ear following a Christmas Eve argument. Ouch. Hopefully this guy’s ear is ok and there is no long term damage.

In all seriousness though, arguments and drama tend to occur when alcohol is involved. Even if no injuries are involved, it’s no fun to wake up the morning after an argument and regret things that were said. Be mindful of the role of alcohol and how it affects both your mood and that of others.

Rule #3: Don’t drink and drive.

I know, you’ve heard it over and over. The reality though is that it is super common. In the Bay Area, DUI arrests alone were up 45% this year. Drinking and driving are a huge cause of holiday injuries and death. Even a local CHP officer was killed because of a drunk driver on Christmas Eve.

Further, many of the people killed aren’t wearing seatbelts. WEAR ONE! Many people do the right thing by taking an Uber, Lyft, or taxi when they’ve been drinking. However, folks often do this and then don’t wear a seatbelt! Please wear one and make your fellow passengers do the same. You’ll thank me later.

With New Year’s approaching this weekend, be vigilant and have fun. Do both and you’ll escape the holidays unscathed with good memories!