Avoid the pain this Christmas

Raul Salinas

In a random “in the Morton East hallway” survey, two out of ten Morton East students said they have been involved in or witnessed an accident of injury over the holidays.

Alcohol can reduce one’s risks awareness and inhibitions. Accidents are more likely to happen in the kitchen at home.  This can also cause you to have an alcohol overdose.  Don’t ever drink and drive! Another common accident is choking on glass and fragile decorations.  decorations should be out of reach of toddlers and pets.  Novelty decorations such as stuffed Santas, reindeer and snowmen may look like toys, but small parts from toys and gadgets, novelties from crackers or even burst balloons, can easily become a choking hazard for children. Decorations can be deadly. According to a Rasp article, more than 1,000 people each year are hurt while decorating their Christmas tree, “usually whilst fixing decorations to the highest branches.”

“Yes, my family was in a car accident on Christmas 4 years ago,” consumer education teacher Ms. Christina Cartwright said.

So, be careful on the streets, and be careful at home.

“Last Christmas I was passing out gifts to my family members in the morning and I stubbed my toe really hard on a present. It was extremely painful, but I sucked it up so I could enjoy the holiday. It was purple for weeks and I later found out I had broken it,” resource teacher Ms. Lindsey Rymark said.

Another teacher got hurt during the holidays.

“I think the only time I have gotten hurt around Christmas time was probably helping out with Christmas decorations. My parents no longer decorate the outside of our house since my brother and I are older now but when we used to help I remember some falls. My dad never let me climb the ladder to the roof but I was in charge of hanging lights on the trees outside and I remember a few times either slipping on ice or being shocked by the lights,” math teacher Ms. Clarissa Sandoval said.