The holiday season is a time to spend with your loved ones enjoying their company and making memories that last a lifetime. It is also one of the most dangerous times of the year. The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that more than 15,000 people are treated in emergency rooms during the holiday season for common holiday injuries.
The personal injury attorneys at Needham Kepner & Fish want everyone to have safe and joyous holiday season. We want you to be aware of some of the most common holiday injuries suffered during the holiday season and provide tips on how they can be avoided.
Slip and Fall Injuries
Slip and fall accidents are common holiday injuries. Floors are wet from rain, sidewalks can be icy or slippery from wet weather. People climb ladders to decorate. To avoid these types of accidental injuries, always wear shoes that have appropriate traction for the weather and suitable for the terrain that you may encounter. Inspect your sidewalks and walkways for ice, snow, and debris. Remove snow and put down sand on icy walkways. Always use care and caution when using a ladder. Read and follow all safety warnings.
Burn injuries are common holiday injuries. Candles are the number one source of fire-related injuries during the holidays. Use appropriate candle holder and keep them distant from decorations, curtains, and children. Food preparation for holiday gatherings is another common source of burn injuries. Make sure you allow plenty of time to prepare and cook your food. Rushing to get everything together at the last minute can lead to burn injuries.
Christmas Tree Fires
Christmas trees are a common source of fires during the holiday season. Real trees are beautiful yet can be extremely hazardous, especially when they dry out. Replace older Christmas light with new energy efficient lights. Never leave the lights on when you are not home or while you are sleeping. If you have a real tree, make sure it is kept well watered.
Drunk Driving Car Crashes
There is a significant surge in alcohol-related car crashes during the holiday season. On November 13, 2015, President Obama declared December the National Impaired Driving Prevention Month. This was due to the historical rate of drunk driving related accidents occurring in the month of December. Drunk driving is preventable. Do not drink and drive. Plan for a designated driver, stay the night, or use a transportation service if you must get somewhere after you have been drinking.
Happy Holidays From Needham, Kepner & Fish
It is important to keep in mind and be aware of safety hazards not only during the holidays, but year round. You cannot always eliminate the risk of injury, especially in circumstances where the risk is created by the negligent acts of another.
The personal injury lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP help accident victims who were injured because of someone else’s negligence. Our attorneys are dedicated to winning you the compensation you need and deserve. The lawyers at Needham Kepner & Fish LLP provide aggressive representation to clients who are injured in the Bay Area. We are available weekends and evenings by appointment. To schedule a free initial consultation, contact Needham Kepner & Fish LLP today.