Whether teetering on a step ladder to hang the last of the lights, or tackling multiple jobs in the kitchen, the chaos of Christmas can make for a higher risk of accidents and mishaps.
The season is upon us, and with health services under pressure it's a good idea to be extra cautious this year if you can (though of course, you shouldn't hesitate to visit A&E if you do need to).
We've rounded up some of the more common causes of Christmas injuries with tips on how to minimise the risk.
It's lovely to see houses lit up for Christmas during the darker December days, and it seems like each year decorations get more elaborate and widespread, but caution is required when putting them up.
According to a survey by the National Accident Helpline, 1 in 50 people have fallen out of the loft while bringing down tinsel, baubles and other decorations, and the NHS has reported up to 2.6 million falling from stools or step ladders when hanging their festive lights.
Safety steps to take:
The many elements of a Christmas dinner means that a lot is usually going on in the kitchen on Christmas Day.
Amid vegetables being peeled and chopped, the oven being on for hours, and possibly more people than usual milling around, it can be easy to overlook basic kitchen safety.
Fires in the home are more common around Christmas time.
Whilst they add to the festive atmosphere, having multiple candles lit around the house, a log fire going, or lots of electrical wires competing for socket space can be a fire hazard.
The National Accident Helpline recommends:
Unfortunately, some well-intentioned presents could have hidden risks, so it's worth knowing what to watch out for.
Many of them included small plastic pieces or parts that could break off and present a choking hazard, and worryingly, some had magnets that could cause internal damage if swallowed.
Button batteries are very dangerous if swallowed. Toys with these batteries need to have lockable battery compartments. Don't let children have access to toys or other items that don't have properly secured battery compartments.
To spot a dangerous toy, you can check things like: