Christmas an annual festival commemorating the birth of Jesus Christ is observed most commonly on December 25th by Christians as a religious and cultural celebration among billions of people around the world.

It is also a time where people act unseemly resulting to accident, injury or death to self or loved ones. Though we all need to be happy and make merry, we must not forget the place of safety in our day to do activities.

What is mostly witness during Christmas includes

  • Cocktail of over-excitement
  • Stress
  • Tiredness and
  • Alcohol intoxication
  • Carefree attitude

All these can create unexpected accident in the home or on the road during Christmas.

Statistics has it that more than 80,000 people a year need hospital treatment for injuries such as falls, cuts and burns during the festive period.

During Christmas, your home is likely to be full of people and, in the excitement, accidents can easily happen.

We should make our homes to be as safe as necessary, rather than as safe as possible. With a little more care and forward planning, most accidents could be avoided.



Boiled water, sharp knives, electric cookers, gas cookers, etc. make the kitchen one of the most dangerous places during the holiday.

Try to keep other people (especially children) out of the kitchen. Avoid alcohol until you’ve finished cooking, and wipe up spills as soon as they happen, so that people don’t slip. Ensure that you electrical appliances are in good condition; your gas cylinder hose must be kept clear from damage to avoid gas leakage. Follow the safe procedure in all activities, and avoid short cuts


Clutter, alcohol and tiredness make the stairs an accident hotspot during Christmas. It’s common to fall down steps or stairs after drinking.

Keep the stairs well lit and free from obstacles, especially if you have guests who could be going up to the bathroom during the night.

Your entrance should also be cleared to avoid having a broken hand or leg in the New Year.

Indigestion and food poisoning

Food poisoning is always a worry at Christmas. For instance, it takes hours to cook a turkey properly. If you don’t, you could contract salmonella poisoning, which can be life-threatening for vulnerable people.

Studies by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) reveal that, on average, we gain 2kg (5lbs) in weight during the Christmas period, so restrict the amount of chocolate, cakes and nuts you eat; Do not eat anything and everything.


Apart from the risks to your own health, alcohol can be the chief mischief maker when it comes to accidents, it will reduce your level of concentration. Alcohol can make people relax so much that they don’t think about everyday risks.

After a party, empty any alcohol out of glasses. Children are likely to drink the remains if they get up early to play with their toys. Never drink and drive.

Watch out for careless road users

During the holidays, the number of travelers on our nation’s roads peaks as friends and family come together to celebrate. As a result of holiday parties and gatherings, more drivers are impaired by alcohol too.

Checking among the deadliest days on the road, Christmas season is among the deadliest of them all.

NOTE: Candles provide a cozy ambience around the holidays, but they also start a lot of fires, along with other seasonal decorations, fire safety officials say. So be careful with your candles, make sure they are put out before you sleep.

Christmas accidents are mostly caused by over excitement, so with a good concentration and co-ordination most accidents could be avoided.


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By Ubong Edet

A passionate Health and Safety professional with a good level of field experience and relevant certifications including NEBOSH, OSHA, ISO, etc certifications. An Health and Safety activist who believes in the growth and continual improvement of the profession. He is going all out to create awareness and safe precious lives.

  1. This is a good piece. For me, I mostly prefer staying indoors in most festive period ’cause despite the magnitude of safety consciousness, one could be affected by implications of others’ carelessness.

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