The holiday season serves as one of the most joyous occasions for families throughout Atlanta. Still, more accident injuries are sustained between November and January than any other time of the year. Consider the following tips that can help you avoid some of the most common accident injuries sustained during the holidays.
Holiday decorations are the leading source of injuries, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). In fact, over 14,000 people are forced to visit a hospital to treat injuries each year. Most of these injuries are associated with falls, whether from slipping on ice or falling off a ladder. To avoid such incidents, keep the following recommendations in mind:
If an accident should occur, it’s important to have others around you who can contact emergency support. If elderly members of your family are planning on decorating their homes, make sure that someone is with them in case something goes wrong.
Before you put up lights on the outside of your home, make sure that you are using an appropriate ladder. All of the rungs should be in place and free of ice. Also, make sure to check the recommended weight limit before climbing. You will also want to set up the ladder correctly, which means that it should be placed on solid ground and the base should be held by another person while you are using it.
Although the City of Atlanta is not prone to snow storms, it does experience temperatures that are conducive to the development of ice. To avoid slip and fall accident injuries, you will want to de-ice the walking areas that surround and flow toward your home right away.
Add common ice melt products that are easily found at gas stations and home improvement stores throughout the region. Items like rock salt and potassium chloride should be sprinkled on your driveway and sidewalk before freezing temperatures set in. If it does happen to snow, remove as much of it as you can before applying de-icing materials.
If you do hurt yourself this holiday season, contact our Atlanta Chiropractors right away. Early diagnosis and treatment give you the best chance to experience a complete, safe recovery, regardless of what type of injury you may sustain. Dial (404) 889-8828 to schedule a same-day examination.