5 Holiday Decoration Accidents to Avoid

5 Holiday Decoration Accidents to Avoid

Family traditions are often at the center of many holiday celebrations. Traditions often include decorating for the holidays both indoors and out. For many families, the annual tree trimming coincides with a plethora of holiday décor that is treasured element of the holiday season. To keep everyone safe during the holiday season being aware of the dangers that surround decorating can help. To know the best way to hang lights or how to lift heavy boxes can make a huge difference in how you and your family spends the holidays. Staying safe to avoid accidents is the best way to ensure you and loved ones are spending the holidays together at home and not in a hospital from a bad fall. At Greening Law, P.C., we want your holiday season to be accident free. Read our tips on how to avoid common holiday decorating accidents.

  1. Lifting Heavy Items

Christmas decorations are often bulky and heavy. Even the smallest decorations can add up to a lot of weight when they are packed into large boxes. Before you start carrying heavy boxes from the attic, basement or garage do a quick scan for safety to help to avoid holiday décor disasters. Is everything out of the way and a clear path is visible to transport boxes? Are the boxes you are carrying safe to transport? If the boxes look shabby, or not secure enough to transport, transferring items to a safer plastic tub can help avoid a pre-holiday meltdown. Before you begin carrying heavy boxes remember to bend at the knees and lift with your legs to ensure your back is safe from health issues. The holidays can quickly become a disaster with a back injury or worse, falling down the stairs because there are too many items in your way. Remember to always ask for help if the boxes are too heavy to lift.

2. Falling from a Ladder

One of the more common types of holiday decoration accidents is falling from a ladder. Using a ladder is typically a necessity for those hard to reach spots in the home both indoors and out. Before stepping on a ladder to hang Santa’s reindeer from the roof, going through a quick safety checklist can help avoid serious accidents. Do you have a tall enough ladder to do the job? If not, consider renting one from the local hardware store. To ensure stability, make certain that the ladder is placed on a flat, solid surface. Additionally, having an extra set of hands to hold the ladder can also provide an added layer of safety. To help avoid additional issues from a fall clearing away the clutter around the ladder can prevent landing on top of hard or sharp objects. Most importantly, trust your instincts. If the ladder feels unsafe for any reason find an alternative solution or ask for help.

3. Faulty Christmas Lights

Lights are often the center of many holiday decorations. From the Christmas tree to everything in between, lights are a beautiful addition to holiday decorations. Before you begin hanging Christmas lights checking for safety is imperative to avoid fires. Plugs that are defective and wires that are exposed can easily cause an electrical fire. In a report by the National Fire Protection Association on Home Structure Fires Involving Christmas Trees it states the leading cause of Christmas tree fires is due to electrical failures or malfunctions. To ensure your home is safe for the holidays choose a Christmas tree that is in good health. Needles that fall when touched means the tree is too dry. If a fire were to occur, a dry tree will ignite faster. Another element of lighting décor is using Christmas lights that are specifically designed for either indoor or outdoor use. Replace any lights that are worn, broken or with loose bulb connections. For added safety always make sure to turn off the lights before going to bed or leaving your home.

4. Fires (Candles)

Candles are a beautiful addition to your holiday decorations. They provide an ambiance that is often treasured by many. However, candles are dangerous, especially during the holiday season where Christmas trees are generally near the open flames. Thanks to technology, flameless candles are an inexpensive alternative to the real thing. If you insist on the real thing keeping candles up on the mantle or on a stable surface can help deter fires. Another great tip is setting a timer to remember to blow out the candles before leaving the home or going to bed.  

5. Dangerous (but pretty) Ornaments

If you enjoy going big and bold with the holiday decorations, chances are you need a ladder to trim the tree and to hang decorations. When using a ladder to hang decorations, make sure to use a safe, stable ladder and not an unstable piece of furniture. One of the biggest mistakes people make when hanging ornaments during the holidays is forgoing a safe option for a more convenient option. Balancing on top of stacked chairs could quickly turn into a holiday disaster. Always make common sense at the center of your annual holiday decorating.

If you or a loved has been involved in an accident due to neglectful holiday decorating, you may have options for compensation. Contact personal injury attorney, Robert Greening for help.

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7 Tips for Preventing Car Accidents

7 Tips for Preventing Car Accidents During the Holidays

The holiday season is one of the more dangerous times to commute on the roads. From poor weather conditions to an abundance of vehicles on the road, taking extra precautions during the holiday season is always a good idea. As gasoline prices continue to be more affordable, many people are choosing to drive rather than spending the extra money on airfare. Skipping the airport all together becomes more appealing when flight delays are a common occurrence.  Whether you are driving long distances or just a short trek to grandma’s house, staying safe on the road this holiday season is important. As you finalize your travel plans for the holiday season, read our tips on preventing car accidents during the holidays.

  1. Keep an Eye on the Weather

Weather conditions can quickly take a turn for the worse making your holiday travel plans stressful and hectic. If you are traveling out of state where winter weather hinders driving conditions, make certain to keep an eye on the weather. Getting caught in a snow storm is never a fun way to spend the holidays. Make sure to give yourself enough time to get to your location. Rushing can lead to accidents. Other ways to help ensure you’re ready for a long holiday drive is to make sure your vehicle is also ready. Replace wiper blades, change the oil, checking the tires, and other routine maintenance can go a long way for your safety. Storing an emergency car kit is another way to help keep you and your family safe while traveling this holiday season.

  1. Forgo Speeding

Travelers hear this on a non-stop basis. From the radio ads to television, speeding is not only against the law it is extremely unsafe. Speeding is one of the main causes of car accidents. There is nothing more precious in life than your family. Speeding can increase your chances of getting into an accident and it is just plain risky. Don’t risk the life of your family or anyone else on the road. Always obey the speed limits.

  1. Never Drink and Drive

The holidays are often full of great friends, family, food and beverages. If you choose to consume alcohol and you need to travel, make sure to designate a sober driver. Drinking and driving is never a good idea. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that in 2014 alone, there were 9,967 fatalities with motor vehicle collisions involving a driver with a BAC (blood alcohol count) of .08 or higher. This number continues to rise each year. The study also shows that an average of 1 alcohol impaired driving fatality occurs every 53 minutes. Drinking and driving is risky, unsafe, and worse: deadly. Never drink and drive.

  1. Keep an Eye out for Drunk Drivers

Traveling during the holidays is hectic. With an abundance of drivers on the road the number of car accidents increase significantly, most notably during the holiday season. To stay safe and avoid car accidents this season keep an eye out for drunk drivers. Typical behavior of a drunk driver is swerving, crossing the center lines, speeding up and slowing down, and other irresponsible driving behavior. If you have a passenger, contacting law enforcement if you think someone may be drinking and driving can help save lives.

  1. Stay off your Mobile Devices

Technology continues to provide everyone with the latest access to social media, navigation and more. However, checking your email or texting while driving is very unsafe. If you use navigation while driving, ask a passenger to help navigate. Enter driving locations beforehand to alleviate the need to look up directions while driving. Distracted driving continues to be one of the more common causes of automobile accidents. In some states, it is even illegal to use a cell phone while driving. It may be tempting to take or make phone calls while driving long distances, however it could be the difference between life and death. To hinder the temptation, consider putting your phone or tablets inside the glove box or in a suitcase until you reach your destination.

  1. Stay Alert Stay Awake

If you are planning a long-distance drive for the holiday season, make sure to allow yourself enough time to get there safely. Don’t overextend yourself by driving straight through the night and day. Driving drowsy can hinder your safety and the safety of others on the road. Studies continue to show that driving while sleep deprived is nearly identical as driving under the influence of alcohol. Leave yourself enough time to get to your destination and take breaks for long trips.

  1. Relax and Stay Safe

The holiday season brings out the best and worst in drivers. For some drivers, it means staying sane while driving is a hefty task. However, keeping your stress level in check is vital to your safety and those of your passengers. If you let stress control how you navigate through traffic or on icy roads, it could have dire consequences. Aggressive driving such as tailgating and road-rage can have severe outcomes.

As you finalize your holiday travel plans, remember to stay safe and stay alert while driving. You can never be too safe on the road. If you are involved in a car accident caused by the careless driving of another motorist, protect your rights by calling the team at Greening Law P.C. at 972-934-8900.

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