During this holiday season, whether you are traveling or staying home, it is really important to think about ways to keep you and your family safe and avoid personal injury accidents. There are many dangers that can suddenly happen, from car accidents and home fires to falling off ladders. Safety should be the number one consideration this holiday season, allowing everyone to be stress-free and safe, whatever we are doing.
Below we have listed some of the preventable personal injuries that very often occur during the winter months.
Dangers of Christmas Trees
Many of us have wonderful memories of gathering around the Christmas tree drinking hot cocoa and reading Christmas stories. Buying a live tree from one of the Christmas tree lots in the area can be a great way to spend time with the family, and also a wonderful way to start a family tradition.
Keep in mind that if you drape a Christmas tree that is too dry with lights and flammable ornaments, you may have inadvertently brought a potential fire hazard into your home. Always keep your tree watered to avoid the possibility of a house fire.
An alternative is an artificial tree which doesn’t have organic matter to burn, but the lights can become very hot and ignite ornaments on the tree. A recommendation from most experts, is to unplug the Christmas tree at night or use a timer, which will not only prevent the bulbs from getting too hot but will also save electricity. Another solution is to use LED lights which do not give off as much heat.
Hanging outdoor Christmas lights can be dangerous and so can removing them again. You should always think safety when putting up lights and try to avoid dry trees and branches. Make sure you have someone with you to spot any potential dangers and to help you with the tall ladders needed for decorating your roof. Falling from a ladder can be quite painful and you could injure yourself.
When it comes time to remove the lights from the house remember to unplug them. Avoid injury by being careful and taking the necessary precautions. And remember to be extra careful if there is snow or ice around so as to avoid injury.
During the holiday season which is one of the busiest times on the road, many families drive to visit friends, family and loved ones. Unfortunately it is also a time for unnecessary reckless driving, so be sure to take every precaution while driving because devastating accidents can happen very suddenly. Be sure that you and everyone travelling in the car with you have their seat belts on, including small children. Stay off your phone while driving or use hands-free technology.
If, due to the carelessness of others, you have suffered an injury this holiday season, contact the personal injury lawyers at Cunane Law. We have the necessary experience to represent you and will fight to win you the compensation you deserve.
Note: This information was provided not for any specific claim and is written in broad and general terms and may not be the right path to follow for a particular claim or case. This information is not intended to create an attorney client relationship. It is always best to receive direct legal counsel for your legal issues. It is never too early to call the attorney, but it can be too late.