Opening an oyster, champagne cork … Beware of domestic accidents during New Year’s Eve

According to a study by the Attitude Prévention association dated 2019, domestic accidents cause nearly 20,000 deaths per year, mainly among children and the elderly.

The end of year celebrations are particularly risky periods. In the list of dangers specific to the holiday season: uncork a bottle of champagne, decorate the house with flammable decorations, the Christmas tree with glass balls. Here are a few tips.

> Watch out for champagne

The first risk of accidental blindness is the champagne cork in the eye. For good reason, a 750 ml bottle of champagne contains an average of 4 liters of carbon dioxide, or a total pressure of 6.2 bars, or three times that contained in a car tire.

The cap of an 8 degree bottle can therefore reach the speed of 40 km / h. And don’t expect to be protected by your eyelids, because “When the bottle is held 60 cm from the face, the cork takes 0.05 seconds to reach its target, half the time than a blink of an eye”, details an American study led by Ferenc Kuhn, professor specializing in retina at the University of Buckingham (Alabama), and published in le Bristish Journal of Ophtalmology.

In the event of an accident, it is therefore necessary to consult a doctor since some lesions must be treated quickly to avoid any complications.

> Watch out for heating

Carbon monoxide poisoning is the leading cause of poisoning death in the country each year. It is often caused by poorly maintained heating devices. The signs to watch out for are headaches, dizziness, nausea, vomiting …

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> Risk of fire

To make a pretty party decoration, we tend to multiply the sources of light and candles. Check that your garlands meet European standards, keep the tree away from any heat source. Finally, avoid connect many devices to the same power strip.

> In the kitchen

The opening of oysters and jars is one of the dangers of the holidays when preparing a meal. It is essential to always place a tea towel in your hand to avoid injury. Likewise, in the haste, the burn when baking turkey with chestnuts is commonplace. So be careful!

> Watch the children

The arrival of new games brought by Santa Claus and the organization of convivial aperitif meals expose children to the risk of suffocation.

> Beware of allergies

As an aperitif, beware of peanuts. These are the second cause of food allergy in children under 15 years old. So be careful with salted peanuts, cashews, pecans, pistachios.

The seafood platter generally treats all taste buds. However, shrimp, crab, langoustine and lobster can be allergenic. Find an overview of the main allergens to avoid at Christmas here.


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