Tips for Avoiding Personal Injury During the Holidays

The holidays are here. People coming to and going from your home presents an opportunity for an accident to occur in which you may be held liable as an owner or possessor of land. The United States Consumer Product Consumer Safety Commission reported that, in November and December of 2012, approximately 15,000 people were treated in Emergency Rooms for holiday decorating injuries.

Injuries during the holidays have been on the rise. These accidents include falling from a ladder while hanging or taking down Christmas lights, injuries from broken ornaments and decorations, and burns from preparing or serving food for family gatherings. Alcohol is also a factor in many injuries sustained during the holidays. The following are 12 tips that can help reduce the risk of injury during the holidays.

  1. If you are purchasing toys for children, make sure they from a reputable manufacturer and are also age appropriate.
  2. Clean up regularly. Vacuum and pick up small items that a small child could choke on or someone could step on and be injured. Hooks from tree ornaments and small toy parts are common hazards associated with injuries during the holidays.
  3. Keep an eye out for fire hazards. Christmas cards and decorations should be kept well away from heat sources.
  4. Never leave a burning candle unattended.
  5. Using LED Christmas lights meets much higher safety standards that other types of lights. When you leave or are sleeping, unplug your Christmas lights. Christmas lights pose a choking hazard, keep them away from children.
  6. Allow plenty of time for preparing and cooking your holiday meals. If you rush, there is an increased risk of injury from knives, boiling water, and fire from fats and hot oil.
  7. Keep scissors on hand for removing packaging as it is much safer than using a knife. Have a screwdriver nearby to assemble toys. Do not use a screwdriver to open packaging, this is a common cause of personal injury.
  8. Watch out for cords, cables, and wires when plugging in or installing new electronics.
  9. Read all instructions. If you are opening a new product, read the instructions and safety warnings. Injuries from products occur frequently as a result of the failure to read and follow instructions.
  10. Clear clutter and debris. Trip and fall accidents around the holidays are common. Make sure your walkways and stairs are clear of debris, ice and snow. Keep unnecessary items out of gathering areas.
  11. If you have a Christmas tree make sure it is kept watered lp keep it from drying out. Christmas trees are highly flammable and dried out Christmas trees are a fire hazard.
  12. Don’t drink and drive. If you are consuming alcohol, have a designated driver or stay the night.

Merry Christmas & happy holidays from Sanders.Law.

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