Holiday Safety | Orthopedic Associates


As the holiday season approaches, we tend to forget that common activities we practice this time of year can put us at higher risk of needing to see a doctor.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in 2015 there were more than 68,000 doctor, ER and clinic visits for holiday related injuries. These injuries include falls that can cause long lasting issues for your bones and joints. Below are some tips to help keep this holiday full of cheer instead of the alternative.

Decoration Safety

  • Choose the correct ladder for the job, insuring it extends at least 3 feet above the roof line or working surface when decorating

  • Always place a ladder on level ground and have a helper hold the bottom of the lad

  • Inspect your ladder for loose rungs or any accumulated mud or liquids that could cause instability

  • Know your surroundings and be mindful of displaced objects in your path while walking, hanging or moving decorations

  • Be careful lifting boxes and decorations above your head and have a spotter with you.

  • Wear proper footwear with securely tied shoestrings

  • Use a step stool instead of standing on furniture to reach or hang decorations

Winter Sport Safety

  • Never participate in winter sports alone

  • Condition, stretch and warm your muscles before any strenuous activities

  • Wear appropriate sports gear including gloves, helmets and padding

  • Wear appropriate footwear and layers (Waterproof, etc.)

  • Know the rules and abide by them

  • If trying something new, make sure to have someone experienced there to help

  • Pay attention to weather warnings and seek shelter when necessary

  • Remember to hydrate and take breaks as needed

Fall Prevention

  • Wear shoes that have good traction

  • Dress warmly to keep you muscles warm and relaxed; Tense muscles can affect your balance

  • Avoid drinking

  • Minimize clutter inside, and stay on clear paths outside

  • Test for ice on the ground before exiting your vehicle

  • Pay attention to the surfaces you are walking on and don’t rush