Holiday Accident Prevention Tips

During the holiday season, emergency care doctors often treat patients with injuries caused by falls, fires, car crashes, and other accidents. It’s particularly easy to sustain injuries in an accident if you are rushing around trying to get multiple things done at once. Protect your own health and your family’s well-being by taking your time and being mindful of potential hazards. From our family to yours, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish you a safe and joyous holiday season.

Falls
The holiday season typically brings an influx of fall-related injuries, especially among older adults. One major cause is decorating elevated areas, especially the exterior of the home. It’s advisable for individuals with balance issues and frequent dizziness to avoid climbing up on a ladder to hang holiday lights. Those who do use ladders should follow all necessary safety precautions , including placing the ladder on firm, even ground. For older adults, hip fractures are a particular concern with falls. Watch this featured video to hear an orthopedic surgeon discuss traumatic hip fractures and the surgical methods that may be needed for recovery. Ideally, surgery should be done as soon as possible after the injury to prevent complications from immobility.

Fires
Candles are festive and holiday feasts are common, but both can be a cause of house fires. Consider replacing conventional candles with flameless LED candles. If you do use real candles, always position them well away from flammable objects, especially the tree. While preparing meals, never leave the stove unattended. If you have young children, keep them out of the kitchen or place pots on the back of the stove.

Car Accidents
Increased traffic on the roads and holiday parties that feature alcohol can both spike traffic accidents. Choose a designated driver before attending a party and give yourself extra time to reach your destination.

During the holiday season and all throughout the year, the emergency care team at Sunrise Hospital and Medical Center is available on a 24/7 basis to meet the needs of families in Las Vegas. Please call 911 without delay if you or someone else requires emergency care for a serious problem. Otherwise, you can call our Consult-A-Nurse line at (702) 233-5300 to request a physician referral or general information about our hospital services.

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