Tips to Avoid Wrap Rage Injuries this Holiday Season

According to a poll of Pennsylvania adults, about 17 percent of Pennsylvanians experienced an injury or knows someone who was injured while opening gifts during past seasons.

The Patient Poll, a survey of Pennsylvania adults 21 years old and older conducted by the Institute for Good Medicine at the Pennsylvania Medical Society in July 2009, asked participants: "Have you or someone you know ever been injured (such as receiving a cut that required medical attention) while opening the packaging (not gift wrap) of a holiday or birthday gift?"

Its findings:

  • Yes, one time = 6.3 percent
  • Yes, more than once = 11 percent
  • No = 82.7 percent

According to the American Dialect Society, wrap rage is defined as anger brought on by the frustration of trying to open a factory-sealed purchase. As we enter the holiday season, Pennsylvania's physicians are encouraging citizens to play it safe with tough-to-open packaging to avoid an unnecessary trip to the emergency room. The following tips may help:

  1. If you must use a knife or another type of sharp object, cut away from your body.
  2. If you must use scissors, use ones with blunt tips.
  3. Wear protective gloves.
  4. Avoid opening tough-to-open packages in a crowded area.
  5. Don't use your legs to keep the product stable.

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