Increase in injuries during the holidays

Karen Foot, Gold Cross Captain and paramedic
Karen Foot, Gold Cross Captain and paramedic

For many people, the holidays are a time to kick back, but for Richmond County's Gold Cross paramedics, they are busier than ever this time of year. Medical Technicians say tis' the season when more people are in need of emergency services.

Gold Cross captain Karen Foot said the calls for help have been coming in non-stop the last few days, and with Christmas around the corner, she's not expecting anything to slow down.

"People tend to get in a rush trying to get here to there to get their Christmas shopping done and seem to not pay any attention to what's going on around them," Foot told WFXG.

She said around the holidays they see more injuries like car wrecks, health problems, and accidents after too much drinking.

"Alcohol can act as a depressant can get a little rowdy and a little moody."

She warns to avoid a trip to the ER, drink responsibly and don't get behind the wheel.

"When you go out to the parties, make sure you have a designated driver. Call for a taxi cab, try to make arrangements to be picked up by a family member, don't drink and drive. It's not worth the risk."

Foot's advice? She said take a deep breath and relax. Holiday stress can hurt your health in more than one way.

"Just be more aware of what's going on around you and put the cell phone."