There’s nothing that’ll ruin Christmas quite so quickly as a serious injury – especially when you’re in the middle of a pandemic, and a trip to the local A&E has been made that little bit more complicated than it otherwise might have been. You might even find yourself on the receiving end of substandard care, for which you’ll need to take legal action later on.

But prevention, as ever, is the best approach. The modern home is filled with things that can, and do, cause accidents. For this reason, it’s worth making yourself aware of them.

Christmas Food

Christmas just wouldn’t be the same without food. But research commissioned by the National Accident Helpline has determined that almost half (49%) of those who’ve prepared Christmas food have, at some point, injured themselves while doing so. Hot fat presents the most devastating threat; but only 11% of people have injured themselves in this way. Vegetable-chopping, obviously, can also inflict an injury. If you’re drinking at the same time as you’re cooking, then make sure you keep an eye on the amount you’re consuming.

The same survey estimated that around half a million people have had a house-fire over the Christmas period. Many of these can be traced back to the kitchen – which means that you’ll need to be careful when igniting that Christmas pudding, or when roasting chestnuts over an open fire.

According to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, people are around 50% more likely to die in a house fire during Christmas than at any other time of year.

The Christmas Tree

The Christmas tree itself can also be a source of injury. If you have to stand on top of a ladder to decorate the top of the tree, then you’re at risk of falling off an injuring yourself. Likewise, if you need to move furniture in order to accommodate the decorations, you expose yourself to risk. The solution here is fairly simple: have a collaborator on hand to help you out during those tricky moments. Make sure your Christmas lights aren’t faulty, and don’t attempt to water your Christmas tree while the lights are on.

Interestingly, it’s the presents themselves can create risk, too. Once you’ve discarded the wrapping and it’s tossed across the floor, you might find that you’re at heightened risk of trips and falls. The same applies especially if you’ve got pets moving around the house. Keep on top of clutter by providing waste-paper baskets whenever you’re unwrapping presents.