Avoiding Common Holiday Decorating Mishaps

Holiday decorations are a longstanding tradition. Unfortunately, they can also lead to serious injuries such as fractures and concussions that require care at an emergency room . Since the idea of spending the holidays in a hospital is unappealing, consider exercising caution this season. The healthcare providers of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center would like to wish our neighbors in Thousand Oaks a safe and joyous holiday season.

Reducing Your Risk of Falling

Many accidents related to holiday decorating involve falls from elevations. Individuals may fall inside the home when climbing on furniture to hang decorations. Exterior decorations can also be hazardous, since they often require a ladder. During the holidays, emergency room doctors may treat patients with penetrating or closed head injuries, major fractures, and even internal bleeding caused by falls from ladders. If you aren’t sure that you can use a ladder safely, you might consider decorating low shrubs with holiday lights, rather than your roofline. If you do use a ladder, make sure it is on a firm, level surface.

Preventing House Fires

House fires are another major concern during the holidays. Not only can they lead to severe burn injuries, but they can also cause death or injury from smoke inhalation. Keep your family safe and out of the emergency room this season by using flameless LED candles, closely inspecting all holiday lights for signs of damage, and choosing a fresh, well-watered evergreen or flame retardant artificial tree.

Keeping Kids Safe from Toxic Substances

Accidental poisonings may be the furthest thing from your mind during the holiday season, but if you have young children, it’s important to be on the lookout for toxic substances in your home. Some people use fire salts, which are thrown on wood fires to produce colored flames. Emergency room physicians strongly recommend keeping these out of reach of children; if ingested, fire salts can cause gastrointestinal problems. Read the instructions carefully before using artificial snow; inhaling it can irritate the lungs.

Despite taking precautions, accidents can still happen. Families in Thousand Oaks can rest assured that the Emergency Room doctors of Los Robles Hospital and Medical Center are always available to provide prompt care to patients who have sustained injuries. If you require emergency transportation to our community hospital, call 911 immediately. For non-emergent inquiries, our Consult-A-Nurse referral line is available at (877) 888-5746.