As you prepare your home for the holiday season, you may be planning to hang lights, put up a tree, and dress up your house with all of your favorite holiday décor. When you begin your holiday decorating, you should remember to use caution, since ladder-related decorating injuries are one of the most common causes of ER visits during the season . To avoid broken bones, sprains, and other serious injuries that require emergency care while you deck the halls, be sure to follow these helpful tips:
Use Caution with Ladder Placement
Even with a small step ladder, a fall can be the cause of significant injuries, so you should always make sure to secure the ladder on level ground before you climb up. You will also want to position a ladder going to the roof at least three feet beyond the roof’s edge for added stability. It is also a good idea to make sure someone else is around any time you use a ladder to hang decorations this season.
Have Another Adult Help Out
Many decorating tasks should involve a group effort, especially those that involve going up and down a ladder. The buddy system will ensure that there is someone to hold the ladder at the bottom, pass materials up the ladder, and call 9-1-1 should any sudden injuries occur.
Clean and Organize Decorations Beforehand
Trying to untangle lights or fumble around for nails at the top of the ladder could lead to a fall, so you’ll want to make sure that you have all your materials ready before you start hanging lights. Plan out your décor beforehand, and you will be able to stay focused on your safety as you get your house ready for the holidays.
If you are in search of more health and safety tips for your family, explore the H2U program offered by MountainView Hospital in Las Vegas. You can also rely on us for quick answers to your emergency care health questions through our Consult-A-Nurse healthcare referral line at (702) 233-5300.