NHS statisticians have released some facts to ease your holiday hangover.
Hospital admissions in England for the year 2009/10 saw Santa and his sleigh getting off lightly, with 3,680 admissions caused by animal-drawn vehicles.
He’s clearly perfected his chimney-climbing but back at the NHS there were 6,420 admissions caused by falls off ladders.There were 18,570 admissions caused by falls on ice or snow and a further 790 due to contact with hot household appliances such as ovens.
As you pack your tree away it’s worth remembering that 310 admissions were from contact with plant thorns, spines and sharp leaves, but 1,420 admissions were the result of climbers falling from branches.
It’s worth noting that 46,460 falls were due to a fall on the same level (including from or off a toilet).
Other admissions not related to the holiday season included 75 people struck by lightning and 460 admissions due to contact with a powered lawn mower.
Hornets, bees and wasps accounted for 1,120 admissions and 24 people had been bitten by rats.