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Common Holiday Injuries & How to Avoid Them

Common Holiday Injuries & How to Avoid Them

6 Tips for a Safe and Relaxing Holiday Season

The holiday season is a joyful time of year filled with family, friends, and festivities. However, it's also a time when the risk of certain injuries increases. At Carson Valley Health, we believe in prevention first, and we want to help you stay safe this holiday season. That’s why we’ve outlined some of the most common holiday injuries and how you can avoid them.

Falling While Decorating

Decorating for the holidays often involves climbing ladders or standing on unstable surfaces to hang lights and ornaments. These activities can lead to strained backs and necks, or even more severe injuries from falls. Make sure to always have someone hold ladders for you, and never overreach while on a ladder or step stools.

Slipping on Ice

Winter weather can make for slippery conditions outside. Slips and falls on ice are particularly common during the holiday season. To avoid these, be sure to clear walkways of snow and ice promptly, wear shoes with good traction, and walk carefully in icy conditions.

Fires and Burns

Holiday cooking and decorating can lead to accidental fires and burns. Never leave candles or stovetops unattended and keep flammable decorations away from heat sources. Make sure to also always check your holiday lights for any signs of damage before using them.

Accidental Cuts

Cuts from opening or wrapping gifts are another commonly reported injury. Be careful when using scissors or knives and consider using safety cutters for opening packages.

Automobile Accidents

Bad weather and increased travel can lead to a higher risk of car accidents during the holidays. Always drive cautiously in poor weather conditions, be diligent when driving at night, and never drink and drive. To check local road conditions visit the Cal Trans website or

Mental Health Concerns

The holidays can also bring about emotional stress and depression. Be sure to take care of your mental health by setting realistic expectations, taking breaks when needed, and reaching out to others for support.

Wishing You Happy and Healthy Holidays!

By being aware of these common holiday hazards, you can take steps to avoid them and have a safer, happier holiday season. If you do find yourself needing medical attention, Carson Valley Health is here to help with a 24/7 emergency department and Ironwood Urgent Care.

To request care at one of our locations, give us a call at (775) 782-1500 today. Stay safe and enjoy your holidays!