The holiday season is a time to be cheerful and to appreciate all the joy the year has brought you and your loved ones. One of the joys one may take for granted is good health. It is important during the holidays, a time that can also be stressful and straining on our bodies, that you take care of yourself and avoid injuries. To avoid losing that gift during this time of year, here are 5 of the most common holiday injuries and ways to prevent them.

Car Accidents

On average, a person dies every 13 seconds from a car accident in the U.S. During the holiday season, the risk of getting into a car accident increases due to a higher volume of traffic. There are also impaired, stressed, and tired drivers on the road. Poor weather conditions can also play a part in accidents. The best way to stay safe on the road is to never drink and drive, always remain alert and drive defensively. Also, keeping an emergency kit in your car can be handy in case of an emergency.

Holiday Decorating Related Falls

Approximately 5,800 Americans are treated for injuries that occur while ‘decking the halls’. Research shows that about 43% of those accidents happen when there are ladders involved. Falls from any height can result in injuries that include bruises, pulled muscles, concussions, or broken bones. Practice climbing safely while decorating. Never stand on a surface that isn’t meant to be stood on, and don’t climb too high when you are alone.

Electrical Shock 

All of the lights that are merry and bright can also be dangerous. During the holiday season, 5,000 people are treated for electric shock. Electric current from lights can cause thermal burn, muscle, nerve and tissue damage, and even cardiac arrest. Before using light strands or extensions, make sure to check for any broken cords or strayed wires. Don’t overload sockets and unplug any decorations when you are not home.

Back Injuries 

Holiday travel can be exhausting and take a toll on your body. Lugging overloaded suitcases during your travel can put serious strain on your back. To avoid unnecessary neck, back and shoulder injuries during the holiday season, remember to lift heavy items with your legs and carry them close to your body. When wearing a backpack or carrying a bag with a strap, make sure to distribute the weight evenly and switch shoulders or hands to avoid any injuries or soreness.

Lacerations from Wrapping and Opening Gifts 

As uncommon as this may sound, injuries from opening gifts do happen. On average, 6,000 people are treated every year from packaging related injuries. When opening gifts, make sure to avoid using any sharp objects that can gouge your hands. Assess the situation and use the proper tools to open your gifts.

Hope everyone has a Safe and Happy Holiday Season!

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Content edited by personal injury attorney Judd Shaw. From the beginning, Judd established a set of Core Values laying out the pursuit for excellence in client service. He is a regular host of the Working The Wow podcast, with the belief that providing an exceptional client experience is just as important as delivering a quality service or product. You can find us in Red Bank and Tom‘s River, New Jersey.