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Diatribe: Ten Christmas Accidents To Avoid.

12/25/2012

christmas_treeWe made it!  Christmas day is finally here!

We’ve finished the decorating and the shopping and now it’s time for fellowship and food.  Each family has its own Christmas traditions but, unfortunately, they can sometimes be hazardous.  Be mindful of this list of Ten Christmas Accidents To Avoid and enjoy a safer holiday.

  1. Each year clutter on staircases causes many falls on Christmas morning.
  2. People have died on Christmas day by testing 9-volt batteries with their tongues.
  3. Mistletoe is poisonous.  Its berries contain toxic proteins that slow the heart rate and can cause hallucinations.  Don’t eat the mistletoe. (Or let your pets eat it!)
  4. In 1998, several people were seriously burned on Christmas day while trying on new clothes with lit cigarettes in their mouths.
  5. People often cut themselves with knives when they open Christmas presents too quickly.
  6. Christmas lights can cause serious injuries since people fall while putting them up or trip over the cords, small children can choke on the bulbs and faulty lights might cause electric shocks and burns.
  7. Many people are injured on Christmas day each year by using sharp knives or scissors instead of screwdrivers when assembling new toys.
  8. Over the years, more than one hundred people have had to have broken parts of plastic toys removed from the soles of their feet.
  9. Many people are injured each year on Christmas day by not removing all pins from new shirts.
  10. Because of candles, it is believed that people are 50% more likely to die in a house fire during the Christmas season than any other time of year.

Be careful out there!  And have a Merry Christmas!

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5 Comments
  1. Very informative post here, and Merry Christmas as well as a Happy New Year for you and yours. :-)

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  2. Thanks for thinking of my safety – Merry Christmas to you too!

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  3. Thanks, D&O. Hope you had a Merry Christmas!

    I think folks have to have stuff removed from their feet because they get so frustrated trying to put something together that they kick it across the room. But that’s just a guess. I have personally never hurt myself doing that. I will not admit to never having done it, however.

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  4. You’re right about the mistletoe…

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