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 Volume 12, Issue 42  |  May 26, 2020

Guest Column

Keeping your holidays bright – trauma and injury prevention tips

By Georgi Mercado, Trauma Injury Prevention Coordinator at Mission Hospital

Stress and Anxiety – Adults are more likely to find family responsibilities as stressful during the holidays, keeping a constant state of rushing and expanding “to do list.” Talk with your family and set realistic expectations. Together, identify the most important tasks and the acceptable steps to complete them. 

Take care of yourself – Keep your mind and body healthy. Pay attention to your feelings and needs. Share tasks with others or eliminate things that are not necessary. Make time to enjoy walks outside and get adequate sleep. These things will help reduce stress and allow you to get fresh air and exercise. 

Holiday Decorations – When using a ladder, make sure the ladder and climber are in good health; reaction time and strong legs are important but still risky. Always have two or more when a ladder is used. Never decorate at night, only during well-lit hours of day. These are all good tips for putting up taking down decorations. 

Keeping your ladder

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Be extra careful when using a ladder to install holiday decorations

Driving under the influence – Plan ahead for the holiday parties, especially if they involve alcohol. This is easily resolved with a designated driver or a ride service. Keep yourself and others safe. The risks can vary from minor to severe to devastating, so why would you take the risk?

Depression and/or loneliness – Do not allow yourself or others to become isolated. Someone who is lonely or depressed may be more likely to engage in unhealthy behaviors, such as drinking or taking drugs to excess, and hurt themselves or others. Be aware of those around you and reach out to those who may be alone this time of year. You may not even realize those around you are in need of support.

Child Injuries – Children are usually the focus of gifting and often they receive many toys. We easily can get caught up in the excitement and our attention is divided in many places. Keeping an extra watchful eye on what the little ones are doing is important. They can easily choke on hard candies, coins, or small toys or parts. Eye-catching decorations are very tempting to little hands and mouths in the blink of an eye. 

Home – This is a great time of year to make sure your fire and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order. Keep live trees watered well, check for exposed wires, and ensure pathways are clear of cordss and clutter to avoid tripping and falls.


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