Stay Safe This Memorial Day!
This weekend is Memorial Day weekend, commemorating the U.S. men and women who bravely served our country. For most of America, it also represents the beginning of a seasons worth of outdoor activities.
One study found that major holidays represent opportunities for injury. According to the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System, a nationally representative sample of 98 U.S. hospital emergency departments, Labor Day and Memorial Day are the two most dangerous holidays for injuries followed by the Fourth of July and Halloween.
A closer look at the statistics shows that most of the injuries were suffered by boys (62 percent), followed by children under 5 (29 percent). The most common type of injury was a laceration, and the most injured body parts were the face and the fingers/hands.
Just over 40% of all injuries were sports related. About 20% were designated as home structure related, which included injuries from doors and countertops, and about 16% were related to home furnishings, including tables and chairs.
Stay safe this Memorial Day!