You survived the holiday season! Hopefully it was full of family, fun, and festivities. But, the holiday season can also be filled with a lot of drama and dramatic injuries, and not everyone gets through it unscathed.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, an estimated 20,000 Americans visit the ER each year due to holiday decoration injuries alone. That's not to mention the large number of visits due to Christmas or New Year's Eve festivities gone wrong.
Kick off the celebration with furiously festive feet injuries
Foot injuries abound during the holiday season. You might hurt your foot simply by wearing inappropriate footwear while shopping, or walking around in your incorrectly sized shoes from Santa.
You could also hurt your foot by doing something more serious, like cutting it on a Christmas tree stand or by actually letting out the stress by kicking something. One man ended up in the emergency room when he lost his temper on Christmas Eve and kicked a picnic table.
I'm going to be killed by a Christmas tree, and other holiday head injury fears
Head injuries are often prone to happen during the holiday season. Small children commonly sustain head injuries by pulling Christmas stockings off of mantels and getting hit in the head with metal hangers, or even pulling over Christmas trees.
Children are not the only ones who hurt their heads. Adults too can suffer head injuries by a heavily decorated, unsteady tree in a faulty stand toppling on their head. We don't know if children or pets were involved, but in 2014, a woman reportedly suffered a head contusion after a Christmas tree fell on her head . . . in May.
Don't shoot your eye out, kid. New Year's Eve eye injuries to avoid.
Red Rider BB guns are not the only danger to eye safety during the holiday. On New Year's Eve, when you are gearing up to sing Auld Lang Syne, emergency rooms are gearing up for eye injuries.
While celebratory gun shots do injure people, popping the cork on champagne into an eye is the most common eye injury reported. ER doctors report a spike in retinal detachment, bleeding, bone damage, and even permanent vision damage caused by champagne corks each New Year.