It has long been an accepted fact that the winter season increases the risk of many accidents and injuries, but in fact, there are accidents more common at Christmas and during the surrounding period.
From accidental food poisoning, to trips over the many wires adorning the Christmas tree, we take a look at five accidents more common at Christmas.
Top five accidents more common at Christmas
- Road-related accidents – as well as slips, trips and falls due to ice on the pavement, as we travel on unfamiliar roads to visit friends and family, the NHS reports a 7 per cent increase in the number of road accident fatalities over the festive period. Plan your route, avoid driving in adverse weather conditions and never get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
- House fires – according to The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, ‘around 350 people a year are hurt by Christmas tree lights’. In addition to trips and falls over fairy light wires, we should also be aware of faulty electrics and overloaded sockets, which can both cause house fires.
- Accidental poisoning – undercooked turkey can most certainly lead to a nasty case of food poisoning, but did you know that mistletoe is toxic? This pushes accidental poisoning into our top five accidents that are more common at Christmas.
- Christmas stress – sometimes your festive spirit doesn’t quite mirror that seen on TV adverts or on Christmas cards, and is it any wonder? With so much to do, meals to prepare, money to budget, and work demands not easing, Christmas stress can lead to myriad psychological and physical health issues.
- Alcohol accidents – we all like a tipple over the holidays, in fact the NHS report that we drink 41 per cent more at Christmas. It is important to remember the dangers associated with intoxication. As well as trips and falls, you can also be subject to alcohol poisoning. Never drink and drive.
Injured due to accidents that are more common at Christmas?
No matter whether you experienced food poisoning, a winter fall or a road-related accident, at Accident Advice Helpline we assist our clients with claims of varying nature.
To determine your eligibility to claim, give one of our friendly, specialist advisors a call on freephone helpline number, 0800 689 0500. Lines are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and there’s never any pressure to pursue your claim following this initial consultation.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown