Nothing can ruin the holiday season quite like a sudden injury. From falls off ladders while putting up Christmas lights to turkey deep fryer catastrophes, thousands of individuals are injured every year during the holiday season, putting a major damper on holiday cheer. Fortunately, you can greatly reduce your chances of ending up in the hospital by being aware of some of the main causes of injury during this time.
The top five types of holiday-related injuries include:
- Burns: From kitchen accidents to candles and overloaded holiday lights, burn injuries happen all too often during the holiday season. Always using oven mitts, never leaving candles or open flames unattended, and following manufacturer instructions for lights can all reduce your chances of being burnt.
- Falls: People tend to go to great lengths – and heights – when decorating their Christmas trees and homes. When combined with the slippery conditions of winter and flowing eggnog, you have a recipe for disaster. To reduce your risk of falling, only use sturdy ladders with a proper safety rating, make sure it is on solid ground, ask for assistance, and never stand on the very top rung of a ladder.
- Choking: The temptation to scarf down holiday meals as quickly as possible, along with the likelihood of children gaining access to small holiday decorations and toys, make choking one of the greatest hazards during the holidays. Taking your time when eating and making sure your home is baby-proofed can protect you and your guests from harm.
- Electrical shocks: Holiday lights with exposed wires, broken bulbs, or damaged extension cords can expose homeowners to possible electrical shocks. One of the most effective ways to purchase light strands with the necessary independent safety certifications, such as a CSA, UL, or ETL seal. Likewise, it is important you replace any damaged lights and not string together more than three strands at a time.
- Sports accidents: Many families play an annual game of football or some other sort of competitive sport around the holidays. Unfortunately, these friendly matches can result in pulled muscles, broken bones, cuts, and other injuries. If you are going to play sports with family this holiday season, be sure to do so with the appropriate safety gear and avoid overexerting yourself to minimize your risk of injury.
INJURED? CONTACT KING LAW
Unfortunately, even the most careful individuals can still suffer injuries if others do not exercise the same caution. If you or a loved one should be injured this holiday season due to someone else’s negligence, such as a defective product or a drunk driver, contact the Rochester personal injury attorneys at King Law. With nearly 10 years of experience, the firm’s advocates can provide the strong counsel you need to maximize your chances of securing the compensation you deserve.
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