Check out these Bad Holiday Decisions That Can Hurt You! From sledding accidents to Christmas trees burning your house down, this top 10 list of terrible decisions can ruin your holiday so be careful!
10. Careless Sledding When the snow begins to fall, there’s only one thing on the minds of kids and let’s face it, adults too: sledding. Not only is it the most efficient way of traveling from the top of a hill to the bottom, but it’s awesome fun! The problem is, though, that when the wintery season approaches, emergency rooms across the country have to prepare themselves for the influx of sled-related injuries.
9. Candles No Christmas would feel complete without the use of candles, but having flames burning around the house, plus dry christmas trees, can lead to major problems. According to the National Fire Protection Association, candle fires quadruple in frequency in December, with the most dangerous days being Christmas, Christmas Eve, New Year’s Day and New Year’s Eve.
8. Leaving Food in the Oven One of the best things about the holidays is the huge amount of food that’s cooked and eaten, but accidentally leaving food in the oven could cause far greater problems than giving your turkey a slight charcoal-y aftertaste.
7. Shoveling Snow When that snow finally comes down, it’s not all excitement and cheer. It covers everything, including roads and driveways, and so the annual pursuit of shoveling snow begins. It’s a cold and arduous task, but in the US about 100 people die while shoveling snow per year.
6. Eating Too Quickly So you’ve cooked a massive meal, the entire family’s over, and you all sit down to eat. Now’s when the competition begins to make sure you get your fair share and get as much of the tasty goodness as you can…. So you start eating… fast.
5. Leaving On Your Christmas Tree Lights They are the focal point of Christmas celebrations, but Christmas Trees can be one of the riskiest parts of the holiday season. The lights, in particular, are a fire risk because they spend most of the year in storage, and are only brought out for a few weeks’ use. Failure to inspect lights before putting them on a tree could result in a fire- especially as dry Christmas trees can engulf an entire room in flames within 30 seconds of being lit!
4. Over Indulgence I’ve already told you about the immediate dangers of eating too quickly, but there are long-lasting dangers of overindulging during the holidays. All the rich food that’s consumed can put an immense toll on your body. Some statisticians believe that eating a lot, drinking, and watching television over the holidays can knock hours off your life.
3. Recklessness While Putting up Decorations When holiday time approaches, people across the world try to outdo their neighbors by putting up increasingly elaborate decorations. This activity can prove to be one of the most dangerous aspects of the holiday season, though, believe it or not! So it’s important to be careful.
2. Eating Holly Berries Holly leaves, branches, and berries are the ideal Christmas decorations, but it’s important to keep them out of reach of mischievous hands because holly berries are very very poisonous to both humans and animals.
1. Unattended Fires The final terrible decision you can make during the holidays is to leave a roaring fire unattended. There are more than double the number of open fire flames on Christmas day than at any other time of the year.