Monday, 9 December 2013

Health & Safety Christmas

Andy Williams may consider it the most Wonderful time of the year but the NHS are warning that it is also the most perilous time as well.
The emergency department at Southampton General Hospital, said that every year over the festive period they deal with a host of injuries from burns from exploding Christmas tree lights to zips caught on eyelids as people struggled to try on a new jumper.
Also on the list are burns from the oven, older people choking on their turkey and nasty hand and limb injuries caused by cackhanded people trying to get stones out of fruit.
Others have turned up at accident & emergency with eye injuries from poking themselves with Christmas tree branches while getting presents from under it and glitter fragments in the eye from cards or craft activities.
Every year, about 1,000 people are injured by their tree reports the The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents and around 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights.
Approximately there were nearly 1,400 candle fires in homes across the UK, injuring more than 500 and over 5000 people suffered food poisoning.
Have a Holly Jolly Christmas but don't eat the holly berries, they are poisonous.

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