Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Off the Job Safety Use Your Head During the Holidays

Look out for holiday injuries ...

"During the winter holidays, people tend to be absorbed in celebration and may not be as careful as usual. That's why the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) is reminding people that many injuries can be prevented by removing potential hazards inside and outside the home, following proper driving precautions and playing sports safely.
In 2005, an estimated 1 million people were treated at U.S. hospital emergency rooms for head injuries related to common products found around the home, while an additional 15,000 were treated for head injuries related to motor vehicles. Winter sports contributed to nearly 26,000 estimated head injuries. Statistics such as these show how holiday fun can too quickly turn into a life-shattering tragedy that could have been prevented by simply taking proper safety precautions.

The 2005 head injury statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission include the following winter-related products, which contributed to thousands of head injuries treated in emergency rooms:

Home Products

• Toys (all categories): 13,663
• Fireplaces (all types combined): 4,251
• Heaters (all types combined): 1,542
• Manual snow removal tools: 561
• Outerwear: 441
• Christmas decorations (non-electric): 345
• Christmas tree lights: 295
• Snow throwers/blowers: 83
• Artificial Christmas trees: 75"    (Continued via Occupational Hazards)    [Usability Resources]

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