The Hidden Perils of Christmas

While we all look forward to the Christmas season, accident and emergency departments across Australia brace themselves for an influx of Christmas related injuries, increasing patient numbers by up to 40 percent.

In the US, hospital EDs treat over 12,500 people each year for Christmas related injuries, the most common being sprains and breaks from falling off ladders hanging decorations or from toys like scooters, roller blades and bicycles. Common also are burns and cuts caused by bonfires or assembling toys with inadequate tools.

The stats in the UK on Christmas related injuries are also interesting:
– Almost 7 Brits die each year by watering their Christmas tree while the lights are plugged in
– Six die each year believing they were eating chocolate but were actually Xmas decorations
– Around 3 die each year from testing 9V batteries on their tongue
– Twelve people suffered serious burns in 2007 while trying on new sweaters with a lit cigarette in their mouth
– At least three are admitted each year with broken arms suffered while pulling Christmas crackers
– Five people suffered third degree burns in 2009 while trying to flame torch their Christmas pudding
– Almost three hundred are admitted to hospital after opening bottles of beer with their teeth
– Two hundred were admitted to hospital after failing to remove all the pins from new shirts
– Five were injured in 2009 in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars.

In the spirit of the season we wish you a great (and safe) holiday and a gentle reminder to ensure your personal insurances are up to date before Santa visits. 🙂

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