Along with all the fun of this festive time of year lurks the possibility of an unexpected trip to a place you do not want to go. Every year, thousands of people are rushed to the hospital ER during the holiday season due to injuries from holiday-related accidents. Two of the most common of these are falling off a ladder and muscle strain due to improper lifting of heavy objects. Both types of injuries are avoidable.
Don’t Take the Fall
Ladder safety is something that everyone should be aware of, especially when it comes to putting up or taking down holiday decorations. Thousands of falls happen during the holiday season, which runs from November 1 through January 31. According the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 43% of these falls are due to people falling from ladders.
You can avoid being a statistic by thoroughly checking your ladder before you use it and using it properly when you do. Check to ensure all the rungs are sturdy and not broken. Make sure they are dry before you climb the ladder. Also check weight restrictions and make sure you do not exceed them. It is always best to have someone hold the ladder steady while you are using it. You also need to ensure the base of the ladder is the proper distance from the wall. There should be one foot of distance from the wall for every four feet you plan on climbing.
Kids love to help decorate but they should keep their feet on the ground. You do not have to be very high up to have a serious injury from a fall. Have the kids hand you decorations rather than climb up the ladder.
Watch Your Back
Hospital ERs see a lot of muscle strains during the holidays. Using your back muscles to lift heavy objects and turning while lifting can cause varying degrees of muscle strain. Some people wind up with serious back injuries as a result of improper lifting.
Proper heavy lifting form requires you to get close to the object, squat down, bending at the hips and knees and keep your back straight as you raise it. If you need to turn, use your feet; do not twist your body. Use the same form when you set the object down.
At Sovereign Rehabilitation, we make life feel better when you have a back or spine injury. We offer a variety of services for all ages and types of injuries involving muscles and bones. Browse our website or contact us for more information.
Posted on behalf of Sovereign Rehabilitation
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