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Common & Costly Festive Injuries

More than 80,000 people are predicted to need hospital treatment this Christmas for a whole variety of festive injuries.

Cuts, burns and fractures are likely to be the most common injuries to dampen the Christmas spirit, but with a little care and forward planning many of these accidents can be prevented.

We bring you a guide to some of the most common hazards to look out for over the next few weeks – some of them more surprising than others!

Christmas Lights

A shocking amount of people will be hospitalised this year by their Christmas fairy lights. Faulty Christmas lights pose a dangerous risk of electrocution or house fire – many people are also caught out each year by watering their tree when the lights are still switched on.

Christmas Tree

According to RoSPA (Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents) 1,000 people are injured every year simply from decorating their Christmas tree! Take care if you’re using a ladder or decorating your tree from a height to help avoid falls and fractures. Tree branches are also a common cause of nasty eye injuries, so try and avoid putting presents all the way underneath your spruce.


Alcohol is undoubtedly one of the biggest hazards at Christmas with consumption up a huge 41% in December compared to the rest of the year.

Apart from the risk it poses to your health, alcohol can also make you relax so much that you don’t consider everyday risks. If you’re going out and about during Christmas, don’t drink and drive, no matter the distance. It’s often an innocent party that ends up paying the price.

Christmas Dinner

An average of 30 people die every Christmas from food poisoning, with turkey preparation thought to be the biggest culprit. Other injuries around the dinner table could include choking, burns, and cuts with knives so if you’re hosting a festive meal this year make sure your guests are well protected from harm.


Even the smallest decorations can pose a big threat to our safety. Children are hospitalised every year after biting into glass baubles and adults commonly fall while using unstable objects as an alternative to ladders while hanging up decorations.

Don’t fall victim to festive hazards this year. We advise you take proper precautions to ensure you and your family stay as safe as possible into the New Year.

In the unfortunate event you do find yourself injured this Christmas, and it was due to someone else’s negligence, then you may be able to make a claim for compensation.

To find out more about the types of serious injury we deal with, please click on the images above or get in touch with a member of our experienced team today.

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