|Volume 6 Issue 355 Published - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 20-Dec-2004 Next Update - 14:00 UTC 08:00 EST 21-Dec-2004||Editor: Susan K. Boyer, RN
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Study: Fall-related injuries during the holiday season, United States, 2000-2003
The holiday season, 1 November to 31 January, can bring with it an increased risk of injuries from falls, as people use ladders, stools and other furniture to hang lights, ornaments and other decorations. About 5,800 people, two to three every hour, were treated in emergency departments for fall-related injuries sustained while decorating during each of the 2000, 2001 and 2002 holiday seasons. Men were more likely than women to be injured (58% vs. 42%). Holiday fall prevention strategies should focus on raising awareness about seasonal fall hazards, using ladders safely, and using stable step stools rather than furniture when arranging holiday decorations.
Additional key findings include:
CDC offers the following suggestions for holiday safety to prevent falls, adapted from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Falls Prevention Tips:
Safe Ladder Practices:
This MMWR article is available online at: http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5348a1.htm
For additional information from CDC’s Injury Center visit: http://www.cdc.gov/injury