If you love the holidays, it’s likely you already have big plans for January 1, 2017. After all, it’s another time to get together with family, friends, and loved ones and celebrate the start of a fresh new year and a wealth of opportunities.
Unfortunately, some people tend to get too caught up in the fun and forget basic safety measures, leading to injuries. Make sure you start your 2017 happy and healthy. Take the time to learn about some of the most common injuries during New Year, as well as some ways to help you avoid becoming a victim yourself:
It can be difficult to avoid playing with fireworks during New Year festivities, but resist the urge to do so unless you’re a professional pyro-technician. Burns and other such injuries are common in late December and early January because of improper handling of fireworks. According to studies, more than 11,000 people were injured due to fireworks last year. With that in mind, it’s best to attend a local fireworks display (if your area has one) instead of lighting them on your own.
Champagne is a common treat during New Year celebrations, but make sure that you exercise caution when popping the cork. Urgent care centers usually report a spike in eye injuries due to champagne corks flying through the air at roughly 56 miles per hour. To avoid this, try to keep your bottle below 44 degrees prior to opening it. Additionally, open the bottle at a 45 degree angle away from your face and your family and guests.
Car Accident-Related Injuries
If champagne isn’t your thing, there’s a chance you’ll be having wine or a few beers at your neighborhood New Year party or family reunion. In such cases, don’t drink and drive! Traffic officials often note that drunk driving is widespread during the holidays.
Even if you don’t drink, be sure to be alert while driving. Drive safely and carefully. All it takes is one irresponsible person for a car accident to happen.
In the event that you find yourself injured during your New Year celebration, be sure to head straight to a trusted urgent care clinic in your area, such as U.S. HealthWorks Medical Group. Prompt medical care can help ease pain or discomfort you might feel, as well as help prevent any complications from your injury.
Common New Year’s Eve Injuries, eyeopenertv.com
4 Ways People Get Hurt on New Year’s Eve, time.com