The Most Common Causes of Winter Emergencies

While medical emergencies can happen at any time during the year, the winter season brings a few unique hazards. From falls and slips to burns and cuts, some injuries require immediate medical attention. You may need to make a quick decision on where you should go to treat your symptoms. To help protect you and your family, learn about a few of the most common causes of winter emergencies below.


During the winter season, decorating for the holidays can be a dangerous time for falls. According to the CDC, most holiday decorating-related falls occurred from ladders, falls from roofs, furniture (including step stools), stairs, and porches. Recognize fall hazards and read through best practices for decorating safety before you deck (or undeck) the halls.

Slips on Ice

Though the climate in Texas is generally mild, ice and snow can happen during the winter. Thin layers of highly transparent ice known as “black ice” can form on sidewalks and roads when rain falls and the temperature drops below freezing. Slippery ice can cause injuries and require immediate medical attention. Exercise extreme caution in winter conditions. Wear shoes with traction and walk slowly.

Burns and Cuts

The winter season tends to bring people together indoors. Cooking for large parties can lead to chaos in the kitchen and cause an increase in cuts and burns. To prevent injuries, slow down when you’re cooking. Handle knives and hot pots and pans with caution. Recognize burn hazards for small children in the kitchen and throughout the home, including candles and fireplaces.

Before an emergency happens, create a plan for your family and familiarize yourself with St. Luke's Health Emergency Services. If an emergency happens and the symptoms are severe, call 911 or visit a St. Luke’s Health ER immediately.

CDC | Study: Fall Related Injuries During the Holiday Season
CDC | Burns
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