With the holidays just around the corner, many people are busy finalizing their holiday plans, decorating their homes, and getting their gift shopping done in preparation for the upcoming festivities. Unfortunately, untimely accidents and injuries will hamper this time for many. From car accidents to holiday decorating mishaps, injuries tend to spike during the holiday season. To minimize your chances of spending the holidays in the emergency room, it is important to keep safety in mind and beware of the following common dangers:
- Car accidents: When considering the hordes of holiday travelers, slick roadways, and increased alcohol consumption due to holiday gatherings, this time of year is the most dangerous time to drive. In fact, according to the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), nearly 25,000 people are injured in alcohol-related car accidents every year during the time period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. To minimize your risk of injury, never drink and drive, always practice defensive driving tactics, eliminate all distractions, and make sure your vehicle is properly maintained before embarking on a holiday road trip.
- Falls: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 5,800 Americans receive treatment for fall-related injuries sustained while decorating their homes for the holidays, with many of these injuries involving ladders. If you plan on getting on a ladder to accomplish your holiday decorating this year, be sure to only use it on stable ground, ask for assistance when you need it, and never stand on the uppermost rung.
- Electrical shocks: Shocks are another common injury associated with holiday decorating. Faulty lights, overloaded circuits, exposed wires, and frayed extension cords are responsible for an average of 5,000 indoor and outdoor electrical shocks each holiday season. Never use damaged light strands or extension cords, always follow manufacturer instructions, and only use lights that have been properly safety tested.
- Sports injuries: Some families use holiday family gatherings as an opportunity to host fun sporting events to gain bragging rights for the New Year. Unfortunately, many of these good-natured competitions turn sour due to broken bones, pulled muscles, concussions, or even more serious injuries such as spinal cord damage. If a family football, softball, or other match is on the agenda for you this year, be sure to always wear proper safety gear and avoid overexertion.
- Choking: From guests scarfing down holiday meals as quickly as possible to curious children putting small objects in their mouths, it comes as no surprise that choking is one of the greatest holiday hazards. Taking your time when eating, keeping an eye on small children at all times, and making sure your home is “baby-proofed” can help to protect you and your guests from harm.
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Unfortunately, no amount of planning or precautions can prevent an accident caused by another party’s negligence. If you or a loved one should suffer an injury caused by a defective product or another person’s carelessness, our Katy personal injury attorneys at Adams Law Firm can help you seek compensation for your suffering. Backed by 35+ years of proven legal experience and an AV® Preeminent™ Rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, our team of skilled advocates have what it takes to ensure your rights are guarded.
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