The holiday season has officially arrived in New York and the rest of the U.S. As you start to finalize celebration plans and gifts, you likely are not scheduling a trip to the emergency room. 

Channel 3000 sat down with an ER doctor to discuss common holiday injuries. Keep these ideas and prevention tips in mind for the holidays and the winter season in general. 

Slips and falls  

You can certainly expect falls and slips with snow and ice on the ground. This is especially true of senior citizens, who may have trouble balancing themselves even on solid ground. It is best to use caution when taking measures to prevent slips and falls in the first place, such as while shoveling the driveway or sidewalk or spreading salt. Use caution while out and about on public property and when visiting friends’ houses. 

Injuries related to alcohol consumption  

People tend to drink more during the holidays than they otherwise would. This increase in alcohol intake can lead to injuries and accidents at holiday parties, dinners and the like. If you plan on attending a party, think ahead about your transportation plans to avoid a motor vehicle accident. Additionally, be sure the hosts take proper measures to keep guests safe while on their property. 

Musculoskeletal injuries 

Some activities you can only engage in with snow on the ground. Sledding, skiing and skating are a few popular winter activities, ones that can become just as dangerous as they are enjoyable without the right amount of caution. Depending on where such activities take place, the property or business owner may bear a degree of responsibility for keeping people safe from avoidable harm. 

This information is only intended to educate and should not be interpreted as legal advice.