The holiday season is in full swing all around us. This time of year should be festive with bright twinkling lights festooning houses, peppermint flavored everything and having fun with family and with friends. According to reports compiled by several different safety and health organizations, it can also be a time of year for an increased amount of accidents and injuries. This is, no doubt, due to the increased amounts of people traveling, cooking, and decorating. Holiday activities can pose real threats, particularly when people are distracted by all the festivities going on all around them.
The United States Fire Administration has published a report stating that fires caused by heating, cooking, and open flames all increase during the holiday season. Unfortunately, in terms of losses, fires that occur at this time of year tend to yield larger losses than those that take place at any other time of the year. To help prevent fires during the holiday season, avoid leaving cooking surfaces, fireplaces, candles, portable heaters, and holiday lights unattended. If you bring a live Christmas tree into your home it is imperative that you mind that it stays properly watered. Live Christmas trees caused house fires more than a total of 230 times between 2007 and 2011. It is also important to ensure that your smoke alarm is working, your home fire extinguishers are properly charged, and that your friends and family know what to do and where to go should a fire break out.
The holiday season is the single busiest travel period of the entire year and along with that distinction comes an increased likelihood for accidents. Accidents can occur for a variety of reasons, such as the winter driving conditions, an increased amount of drivers on pretty much every roadway and parking lot you can imagine, drunk driving, and distracted driving. To keep yourself, your family, and other motorists safe, you should always wear your seatbelt, never use your cell phone while you are driving, mind the posted speed limits, and drive carefully on slippery and icy roads. If you do plan to drink alcohol, always make sure you have a designated driver.
Trips, Slips, and Falls
The Electrical Safety Foundation International. estimates that about 5,800 people are treated in emergency rooms each year for injuries sustained from falls that involve holiday decorations. About 4,000 more emergency room visits are caused by injuries that involve extension cords and ladders. While you are busy decorating for the holiday season, you should always be aware of your surroundings and secure your ladder or step-stool before you actually mount it.
The holiday season should be one filled with laughter, joy, and quality time spent with family and friends. One bad accident can easily ruin the season for yourself and anyone else involved. If you or a family member have suffered a holiday injury as the result of someone else’s negligence, then you should contact an Oklahoma personal injury attorney. If your holiday season had been disrupted by an injury caused by another person, then you may very well be entitled to financial compensation for the losses that you have experienced. If you would like to take part in a free consultation regarding the specifics of your case, then don’t hesitate to call the McGuire Law Firm and speak with one of our qualified attorneys. We have an excellent track record when it comes to our personal injury cases. Call us today and find out what we can do for you.