Christmas casualties

Every year around Christmas more than 80,000 people are admitted to hospital for treatment of falls, cuts and burns, according to the NHS.

While we’re rushing around like headless chickens and consuming 265 million pints of pure alcohol, we put ourselves in harm’s way more than normal come the festive season.

A survey from The National Accident Helpline shows just how accident prone we become when December rolls in:

Preparation mishaps

  • 1 in 10 respondents spilled hot fat on themselves
  • 18% cut themselves while prepping vegetables
  • Almost 3% got a shock from dodgy fairy lights
  • Just over 2% fell through the loft when retrieving decorations
  • 6 million fell off a stool or ladder while decking the halls
  • 600,000 people got burnt while roasting chestnuts

Injuries sustained when out and about

  • Nearly a third slipped on ice
  • 700,000 people were injured in a sale rush

Home emergencies

  • 400,000 Christmas turkeys have been burnt
  • 500,000 people have had a gas emergency
  • The same number have had a fire