ER Visits Rise Due to Holiday Related Injuries

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GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.-One group working hard during the holiday’s emergency room personnel.

Nationwide, ER visits increase by more than 13,000 between November and January, and those increases are felt here locally as well.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, 33% of holiday decorating injuries are caused from falls off of ladders, and it’s predominately males between the ages of 60 to 85.

11% are lacerations from holiday decorations, and 10% are back strains related to holiday work.

51% of December home decorating fires are started by candles, with the top three days for home candle fires being Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Years Day.

Health officials from Community Hospital say…

“Avoid ladders, use a spotter. If someone’s holding the ladder for you it’s a lot safer. Remember to keep the trees watered, as they dry out they become a fire hazard. Remember to not leave candles unattended, same reason, fire hazard. Dress for the weather as well,” says Physician Assistant Bob Citkovic.

Here are a few other holiday safety reminders for you.

Ventilate areas you plan to use artificial snow in due to potential breathing problems.

Tree decorations should be kid-friendly.

Poinsettias can be poisonous for kids and pets, you should dispose of fallen leaves immediately.

Also, don’t drink and decorate.

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