Is Christmas really a time for ‘hamming’ it up?

Planning to celebrate Christmas with a glazed ham and all the trimmings this year? You may want to think again… find out a ‘safer’ option for this year’s dinner.

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Last year, over 22,000 New Zealanders’ holiday festivities were interrupted by injuries – 52 of which involved a ham. Turkey appears to be the safer option – with only nine injuries relating to the popular Christmas bird.

No matter what ends up on your Christmas table this year, remember to keep children and pets out of the kitchen, wipe up spills immediately and keep the floors clear to prevent trips and falls.

It’s also a good idea to nominate a ‘sober’ cook to reduce the risk of burns and cuts.

The ‘cooks in the kitchen’ aren’t the only ones who need to take care when preparing for Christmas. Decorating the house and putting up the Christmas tree can also result in an unplanned trip to the Emergency Department. In fact, last year, Christmas trees were the cause of 35 injuries either whilst putting the tree up or taking it down. The same number of injuries happened while hanging decorations around the house.

To help you through this frantic time of year, we’ve come up with a few simple suggestions to help you and your guests avoid injuries:

  • Use a ladder or step ladder to hang decorations, not a chair or worse still a chair balanced on a table.
  • To avoid your Christmas tree toppling over, make sure it’s sitting in a sturdy, supportive base
  • If you’re putting lights up outside, make sure you use a Residual Current Device (RCD) – these can be purchased from most hardware stores.
  • Having extra people staying in your house can sometimes be a little disruptive. To avoid you or your guests getting injured, try to avoid clutter and keep things out of people’s way.
  • Pets are an important part of the family. However, if you’re expecting a lot of guests, it’s a good idea to move your pets to another room, or outside. Believe it or not, a significant number of people injure themselves falling over their pets every year.

For more safety tips and resources that you might like to share with your clients, please visit www.homesafety.co.nz.

And just for a bit of a Christmas laugh….. what did the ham say to the doctor?

I’m cured!

Enjoy the festive season. Remember ACC will still be open and here to help over the Christmas holidays.

Published 19/12/2012

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