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'Wrap rage' injures 6,000 people per year

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PHOENIX -

Those Christmas presents we put so much time and energy picking out and buying -- they can actually turn out to be dangerous and possibly send you to the hospital.

Have you ever heard of something called wrap rage?

It's like road rage only instead of traffic, it involves wrapping and opening Christmas presents. And for thousands of people it results in a trip to the emergency room.

In this YouTube video, the protective plastic is so strong and rigid, the actor has to use dynamite to remove it.

It's a process that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says has grown increasingly difficult.

As many as 6,000 people per year visit the emergency room because of packaging related injuries.

It's no joke, says Dr. Jeffrey Zacher, who works at Doctors Express Urgent Care.

"Trying to get those things open sometimes you need an engineering degree. They've actually come up with a term, instead of road rage they call it wrap rage, which is trying to get that darn package open," says Dr. Zacher.

There are plenty of tips on YouTube about safer ways to pry open that clamshell, but the shoppers we caught up with say it just takes common sense.

Puncture wounds and cuts are the more common injuries.

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