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While one of the popular songs heard on the radio now is about this being the hap-happiest time of the year, for millions of people, it is the most dangerous. You would not suspect that such a joyous time of year could also be the time when more accidents occur, some of them quite serious.

Hanging Lights, Seeing Stars

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that putting up holiday decorations is the top cause of injuries during this time of year. Most of the injuries are falls, which in many cases lead to hospitalization, and in a few instances have caused death. Hanging lights and decorations in and around your home can be hazardous for your health if you do not take proper precautions.

You can imagine falling from a roof while trying to install Santa’s sleigh and reindeer heading into the sky. Not all injurious falls are from such a high point. In fact, falling just a few feet off the ground can lead to a broken bone, concussion or back injury.

Safety First

Kids love to help decorate for the holidays. Unless they are old enough, it is best to keep them off ladders and from helping in any way that could lead to a fall. They can still be a big help on the ground by handing you tools or decorations or even holding the ladder for you.

And speaking of ladders, be sure to check it and make sure it is safe before you use it. Make sure all the rungs are sturdy and dry. Know the weight limit for your ladder and see that it is on solid, even ground. Have someone hold it steady for you. When placing your ladder against a wall, use the 4- to – 1 rule. The base of the ladder should be one foot away from the wall for every four feet of height you need to climb.

No one wants to be alone during the holidays and for safety’s sake, you should not be alone when you are decorating. Make decorating a fun project for family and friends, especially if elderly people are decorating. There is safety in numbers. If anyone should fall or get hurt, there will be someone there to help.

Leave the drinking until the decorating is finished. A good number of decorating injuries involve over-indulgence of alcohol. A toast to a completed decorating job is more satisfying than a trip to the ER.

This holiday season, be safe. Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds and his team wish you all the best and remind you that we provide minimally invasive arthroscopic surgery of the knee, shoulder, hip and elbow. Contact us for orthopedic healing.

Posted on behalf of Kerisimasi Reynolds, D.O.

39180 Farwell Dr., Suite 110
Fremont, CA 94538

Phone: (510) 899-9200

Dr. Kerisimasi Reynolds will help you achieve pain relief and return to an active lifestyle. Schedule Your Consultation Now!


Our Client Reviews

Masi Reynolds, D.O.

5 / 5.0

Based on 6 reviews

Becca Lopez

Dr. Reynolds is such an amazing doctor who is passionate and dedicates all his knowledge to help patients improve their health and injuries. I appreciate his patience and willingness to go above and beyond what is asked.

Rebecca M.

Dr Reynolds performed a very technical and complicated surgery on my son's shoulder last year. My son is (was!) a college football player and had 3 different shoulder surgeries to repair the same issue. After repeated failures I found Dr. Reynolds. He performed a Laterjet surgery which is something that is rarely done. Fast-forward a year, my son's shoulder has never had any more problems and he is stronger than ever. Thank you, Dr. Reynolds!

Ambessit J.

I went to see Dr. Raynolds because of his solid 5 star ratings. After seeing him, if I could, I would give him and his staff a solid 10 star ratings, and here is why: My 1st Impression: Beautiful and relaxing pictures of Canyons, welcoming & smiling staff, clean offices. My Time: Efficient and knowledgeable staff, and a reasonable wait time. The Best: .... Dr. Reynolds... every inch of his body exudes compassion. He listens attentively, takes his time to examine, he gives clear explanation of the injury, and answers all questions with care. Everything he did convinced me that I was lucky to have found him. (Thank you Yelp) :) I highly recommend Dr. Raynolds to my friends, my families and to anyone who's looking for the BEST and trustworthy surgeon. ~ Wishing you a smooth and quick recovery!

Andrea W.

I went to see Dr. Reynolds last week because I have chronic pain in my hip. He was incredible helpful and knowledgeable. He greeted me with a warm smile and was patient and kind, showing me exactly what the problem is and the treatment alternatives. He spent a lot of time with me and I am extremely happy with the treatment plan he has for me. I can highly recommend him.

Darla B.

Dr Reynolds has been amazing at treating many of my patients in need, including my daughter! Thank you, Dr Reynolds - I look forward to co-managing more patients in the near future!

Henrik Martin

Dr Reynolds is a Rock Star! I ripped a bicep tendon clean off my forearm in September 2016. After countless phone calls to the huge "Non Profit" hospital chain I usually go to, and the realization that they wouldn't be able to see me in several weeks, I decided to look elsewhere. My son had previously been treated by Dr. Haber at a small clinic in Campbell, so I called the clinic, and got an appointment with his colleague, Dr Kerisimasi Reynolds. I have to say that I was a little hesitant at first, because of his young age, and I was wondering how many surgeries he had performed. Anyway, I got a really good vibe from him, and he was super professional and explained everything really well in terms I could understand. He got me an MRI the same day, a follow up visit the next day I think, and he was able to do the surgery within the next 5 days. I decided to go for it, and it was a 1 hour surgery with a long recovery. This was in September, and I have my last physical therapy session next week. That said, I'd go under the knife for Dr Kerisimasi again anytime if I needed to. He's totally on top of his game, knows a lot about all the latest advancements in orthopedic surgery, etc. He also followed up with personal phone calls, emails, and even gave me his cell phone number in case I had post operation questions or concerns. I've been very active my whole life in a variety of sports and outdoors activities, and he has the mindset that he wants to enable you to get back to those activities as soon as possible, which I really appreciate. I give him an A+. He performed a state-of-the-art tendon reattachment surgery, and I'm basically fully recovered by now. I'm lifting weights, working without pain, and hope to be back in my river kayak this spring! I hope I don't have to see him in the operating room again, but if I do, I know I'm in good hands :-)

Kerisimasi Reynolds, D.O.

39180 Farwell Dr., Suite 110
Fremont, CA 94538

(510) 899-9200