In a previous blog, we discussed important safety tips when purchasing and using toys during the holidays. While new toys pose risks for children and adults alike, the holidays bring other potential hazards as well – including those associated with decorations, heating and cooking appliances, and more.
If you and your loved ones are gearing up for the holidays, our legal team at The Daspit Law Firm wants you to do so safely. During this time of year, we see an increase in certain types of seasonal accidents, and know that many of them could be avoided if not for negligence or simple mistakes. To protect yourself and your loved ones from common holiday accidents, remember the following tips below:
- Drunk driving accidents – Because the holidays are a time for more celebration and events, as well as more vacation time, people often choose to enjoy themselves with alcohol. Unfortunately, that comes at a serious price, as statistics make it clear drunk driving wrecks spike substantially during the holidays. If you have holiday plans that involve drinking, make sure you do so responsibly. You should always plan for a sober ride, call a cab or rideshare service, or make arrangements to stay the night where you’ll be drinking.
- Fires – Many people love to cozy up and get warm during the holiday season, but that can bring risks of fires. If you are using a fireplace or candles, make sure no flammable materials are nearby, and that any flames are extinguished before you leave the home. You can also reduce risks of fires, by keeping an eye on any stove or oven you’ll be using when cooking holiday meals, using space heaters to heat your home, and placing proper, working lights carefully on trees or other areas of your home.
- Decorations – Decorations are a big deal for many during the holidays. Although they can bring holiday cheer, they can also pose risks of preventable injuries, especially when used unsafely. When decorating your home, make sure any flammable decorations are kept away from flames and heat sources. Be wary about certain decorations that may irritate your lungs or eyes, including artificial snow, and decorations that are sharp or breakable, especially if children will be nearby. Always check electrical cords, connections, and sockets to reduce risks if you’ll be using lights or other decorations that require electricity.
- Car Accidents – Auto accidents happen year-round, but they can become more common during the holidays when roads are congested with traffic, out-of-town motorists, and even drunk and distracted drivers. If your holiday plans have you hitting the road, be sure to always make safety a priority. That means always being prepared by inspecting your vehicle, knowing where you’re going, and getting plenty of rest to avoid fatigue. On the road, you’ll want to travel at a safe speed (especially if traffic or poor weather), avoid all distractions, drive sober, and be extra vigilant for potential dangers.
No matter what your holiday plans involve, making safety a priority should always be on your checklist. Unfortunately, even the most cautious individuals can fall victim to preventable injuries when others are negligent. When this happens, injured victims can seek a financial recovery of their damages – including damages like their medical bills, lost income, and pain and suffering – by pursuing a personal injury case with the help of experienced attorneys like those at The Daspit Law Firm.
If you have questions about your rights and the personal injury claim process, do not hesitate to contact us for a FREE consultation. We are available 24/7 and even offer weekend, evening, home, and hospital appointments.