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Christmas Safety Moment
Learn from other people's mistakes...
Statistics on a range of the ways in which people injure them-selves or even die at Christmas, (allegedly) from NHS records (c. 2002).
- 31 people have died since 1996 by watering their Christmas tree while the fairy lights were plugged in.
- 19 people have died in the last 3 years by eating Christmas decorations they believed were chocolate.
- Hospitals reported 4 broken arms last year after cracker pulling incidents.
- 101 people since 1997 have had to have broken parts of plastic toys pulled out of the soles of their feet.
- 5 people were injured last year in accidents involving out of control Scalextric cars.
- 58 people are injured each year by using sharp knives instead of screwdrivers to change batteries in toys.
- 3 people die each year testing if a 9V battery works on their tongue.
- 142 people were injured in 1998 by not removing all the pins from new shirts.
- 18 people had serious burns in 1998 trying on a new jumper with a lit cigarette in their mouth.
- A massive 543 people were admitted to casualty in the last two years after opening bottles of beer with their teeth or eye socket.
AND SURPRISE, SURPRISE:
- 8 people cracked their skull in 1997… while throwing up into the toilet.
AND FINALLY A FEW THAT ACCURATE NUMBERS WEREN'T AVAILABLE FOR:
- got drunk and fell asleep on park bench/under hedge/front door step and froze to death.
- injured/killed/sacked after abusing boss at Christmas party.
- injured/killed through use of non-approved or unsafe Xmas decorations.
- injured/killed by close relative (generally wife or mother in law) following row during Queen's Speech or preparation of Xmas dinner.
- injured/killed mixing alcohol with motoring…
HAVE A SAFE CHRISTMAS HOLIDAY !!