The holidays are meant to be a joyous time for people to come together, but sometimes accidents can dampen the mood. To help keep the holidays happy this year, follow these ten safety tips.
- Take it easy on the decorations. While decorating for the holidays is a great way to get into the festive spirit, over 15,000 emergency room visits during the 2012 holiday season involved decorating. Always make sure you use steady ladders when hanging lights; and, if you have young children, you might want to avoid using glass ornaments that can break.
- Keep your tree hydrated. For people who decide to purchase a live Christmas tree rather than a fake one, always make sure the tree has plenty of water in its stand. If the tree begins to dry out, it becomes more of a fire risk for your home.
- Watch open flames. Whether you are lighting your fireplace or lighting candles, always make sure there isn’t anything flammable close by that could catch fire. Never leave an open flame unattended.
- Turn off those lights! Always turn off lights and decorations when you go to bed. Leaving them on all night could cause them to overheat and start a fire.
- Don’t overload power sockets. To reduce the risk of an electrical fire, it’s important not to overload power sockets with multiple strands of lights and decorations.
- Keep plants out of reach. Plants like mistletoe and poinsettias are popular this time of the year, but they are also poisonous. They should always be placed out of reach of small children and household pets.
- Exercise caution when cooking. Whether you are frying up a turkey or cooking up a storm in the kitchen, you should always exercise caution when working with high heat to avoid fires.
- Check the temperature. If you are preparing food during the holiday season, always make sure you serve food that has been thoroughly cooked. Use a food thermometer to check temperature.
- Think before you buy. You might think a particular toy would make the perfect gift, but it’s important to consider whether a toy is safe for its recipient. Toys with accessible small batteries or other small parts could pose a real risk to small children if they are swallowed.
- Never drink and drive. Many people enjoy alcohol over the holidays as they celebrate with family and friends, but it is never okay to drink and drive. Arrange a designated driver or call a cab to get home.
Liggett Law Group Wishes Everyone Happy Holidays!
The legal team at Liggett Law Group hopes everyone has a wonderful and meaningful holiday season. We hope the holidays are filled with celebration. However, if you or someone you love is involved in an accident over the holidays and need an experienced Lubbock personal injury attorney, please call Liggett Law Group at (806) 744-4878 for a free consultation.