10 Biggest Health Risks During Christmas

Christmas is a wonderful time of year, but it is also a time when people make their way into the ER with some unusual injuries. So before you curl up on the couch with a loved one and enjoy, please take 2 minutes to read these reminders for having a safe and healthy holiday season.

Decorating Injuries

Although you may be excited to put up the Christmas lights, there are many risks that come with that. The best way to stay safe is to stabilize a ladder on a flat surface before using, wear sturdy shoes, and decorate before you have too much eggnog.

Colds and Contagious Illnesses

Typically around the holidays, you are surrounded by many more people compared to normal. Limit your contact, social distancing, and consistent mask usage can help you avoid germs.

Overeating

Overindulgence of mom’s signature dish and the never ending sweets can cause weight gain that may only seem like a couple of pounds in the winter, but that gain could be a trend you don’t want to continue. Try to be mindful of how much you are eating and drinking, and try to portion control.

Food Poisoning

In addition to overeating, another risk associated with food is food poisoning. It can be caused by: Eating food that has sat out long without being refrigerated, Food not cooked to a proper temperature, Food exposed to cross-contamination.

Anxiety

Anxiety can be a real challenge for many this holiday season. The source of it can vary from person to person. To help, take time to yourself and start your shopping and cleaning earlier.

Deep Cuts

The holidays call for a lot of preparation, and we’ve seen plenty of accidents in the kitchen and around the home related to sharp objects. There is no way to avoid these cuts entirely, but the best way to prevent them is by being careful and slowing down.

Choking

Choking on our favourite food is a serious health concern during the holidays. Another thing to look out for is small toys that your pets and younger children may mistake for food. 

Binge Drinking

The holidays are a time to celebrate, but it doesn’t mean you need to go overboard. Please enjoy alcohol responsibly, and if your celebrations exceed your expectations, take a ride-share home.

Smoke Inhalation and Burns

There are many flammable items in your home during the holidays. When burning or cooking these items, you will want to make sure you keep an eye out for them, and never leave those items unattended.

Electric Shocks

In addition to ladder safety, it is important to be careful hanging lights, especially if they are plugged in. Be careful of any faulty lights that could cause you to get shocked. They can also contribute to Christmas tree fires. Also, be mindful of how many things are going into one outlet.


Source: https://southcoastmedgroup.com/2020/11/the-10-biggest-health-risks-many-face-during-christmas/

Author: Pallabi Sinha

I am a Nutritionist with 6 years of expertise in the field. I have a knack of convincing people to switch to a healthier lifestyle.