Most Common Holiday-Related Accidents

Most Common Holiday-Related Accidents

Posted By Sette & Parnoff, PC || 21-Dec-2016

Everyone wants to rest, relax, and celebrate with friends and family during the holidays. No matter how comfortable you get, though, it is crucial that you do not let basic safety practices and standards slip. Otherwise, your holiday season could be interrupted by an accident that leaves a loved one seriously injured.

Consider these shockingly common holiday accidents:

  • Fires: From frayed electrical cords to Christmas trees near a fireplace to holiday hams left in the oven for too long, fires can break out just about anywhere during the holidays. Always check out electrical outlets and cables for damage before use; situate any indoor trees or plants well away from open flames; be sure to extinguish candles before going to sleep or leaving your home; and set up additional kitchen timers just to check on what is cooking, even if it isn’t close to being done yet.
  • Falls: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that several thousand falls leave people with serious injuries – like spinal cord damage or a brain trauma – each year during the holidays, mostly from slipping off ladders and rooftops while hanging decorations. Only use ladders rated for your weight and the height required; get someone to hold the base of the ladder whenever possible; and don’t walk on top of your roof if it looks icy or slippery.
  • Choking hazards: Children with curious minds have a penchant for eating whatever small thing they can get their hands on, especially toddlers who experience an acute sense of touch through their mouths. Keep small, shiny decorations up high where children cannot reach them; inspect each toy Santa brings your kids and remove any choking hazards.
  • Poisoning: Many plants that are brought indoors for holiday decorations can actually be quite poisonous to humans and pets if eaten in quantity, such as mistletoe, poinsettias, and holly berries, just to name a few. Do not hang any plants where a child or animal might be able to reach them; research how to react if someone is poisoned from eating plants; and keep the poison control center’s number in your phone and in an easily accessible place, like on the kitchen fridge.
  • Car accidents: Research and safety groups like the National Safety Council (NSC) and National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) see increases in auto accidents each year around the holidays. Drivers might be in a rush to make it to a party or the airport, intoxicated from a night of merriment, or unused to driving in bad weather. All of these factors can contribute to more crashes. Make certain you leave with ample time to reach any destinations and never speed; do not get behind the wheel if you have had alcoholic beverages; and only make necessary trips if the weather is inclement.

Keep this information in mind and you will reduce your chances of being hurt in a holiday accident. If you or a loved one are injured, however, you can contact Sette & Parnoff, PC and our Hamden personal injury lawyers for legal representation and counsel. Call 203.285.3075 for more information.

From all of us at our law firm, we wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday.

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