ALCOHOL and festive celebrations go hand in hand but its our paramedics who get the call when that combination goes terribly wrong.
The Ambulance Service of NSW responds to an average of 3234 calls a day, the equivalent of one every 26.7 seconds, and Christmas is no different.
The service has released a few basic safety tips to help make your Christmas celebrations accident-free:
* Presents like scooters, bikes and skateboards should all come with safety equipment like helmets and knee and elbow pads;
* Keep an eye on children around barbecue hotplates and flames;
* Never put flammable liquid on a barbecue. Accelerants used on a barbecue are very
* Watch children around swimming pools. You won’t hear them get into trouble and they will sink to the bottom of the pool very quickly;
* At large family gatherings there will be cars coming and going so watch out for young
children playing in and around the yard;
* Be mindful of potential allergy hazards in the food you serve;
* Remember, alcohol and activities like surfing and pushbikes do not mix;
* Christmas can be a lonely time and source of unhappiness for many. Check on the welfare of friends and relatives who are experiencing difficulty at this time;
* If you are feeling down, call Lifeline 13 11 14; Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800; beyondblue 1300 22 4636; or Mensline 1300 789 978.