With the end of the year quickly approaching, families will soon be gathering to celebrate holidays across the country. As we enjoy time with our loved ones, however, it is important to keep everyone safe. In the bustle of traveling and holiday activities, it can be easy to overlook safe practices on the road and in the home. To help keep the holiday season happy this year, follow these ten safety tips.
- Drive safely. Whether taking a road trip to see family or grabbing those extra side dishes for dinner, there will be more traffic on the road. Be sure to stay alert, avoid texting or answering messages, be aware of your surroundings, and keep an emergency kit with first aid, water, blankets, a flashlight, flares, traffic cones, and an ice scraper in your car just in case you get stuck on the road in a winter storm.
- 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. Alcohol impairment is involved in one third of all holiday deaths. Arrange for a designated driver, use a rideshare service, or call a cab to get home.
- Shop smart. When shopping for family presents or decorations, keep purchases out of plain sight. Packages left in visible areas of your car are perceived as easy targets. Always make sure to lock your car doors. Take your shopping trips during the daylight and check your surroundings. If withdrawing funds from an ATM, be on the lookout for suspicious activity and make sure to not carry large amounts of cash. Loose cash is more susceptible to theft and loss.
- Take it easy on the decorations. While decorating for the holidays is a great way to get into the festive spirit, thousands of emergency room visits during the holiday season involve 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. Don’t forget to keep decorative plants out of reach, as mistletoe and poinsettias are poisonous and should be kept far away from children and pets.
- Keep your tree hydrated. People who purchase a live Christmas tree rather than a fake one must always ensure 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.
- 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.
- Think before you buy. While you might think a particular toy would make the perfect gift, it’s important to consider whether that 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.
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 needs an experienced Lubbock personal injury attorney, contact us at (806) 744-4878 for a free consultation.