The holiday season is one of the most looked-forward-to and cherished times of the year for many people. However, it also can be one of the most hectic times of the year as people scramble to make travel plans, plan parties, and buy gifts. Safety can sometimes take a back seat in all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and unfortunately, this is when preventable accidents tend to occur.
Because we care about your safety, we wanted to make you aware of common ways that accidents occur during the holiday season so that you can know what to do to avoid injury.
- Burn injuries. Christmas and Thanksgiving are the two days with the highest reported number of kitchen fires. Even the most experienced cooks can experience a kitchen mishap resulting in a scald or thermal burn. Make sure you keep a fire extinguisher within close reach in case of emergency and be sure to keep pets and young children out of the kitchen while the stove and/or oven is on.
- Defective products. From gadgets for the adults to toys for the kids, the holidays are full of new items. While we all want to assume that these items are safe, the truth is that defects in marketing, design, and/or manufacturing happen all the time. It is a good idea to check out Recalls.gov for a full list of recalled products and available remedies. You should also make sure that you read all of the instructions that come with the item and use it only for its intended purpose.
- Fall injuries. Falls from ladders are common around the holidays as people decorate their homes. In order to avoid injury, never use a ladder that is unstable or broken, and make sure that the ladder is placed on a flat, level surface before stepping onto it. If you suspect that your fall resulted from a defect in the ladder itself, speak with an attorney about a potential product liability case.
- Car accidents. Car accidents tend to increase around the holidays. Unfortunately, drinking and driving also tend to increase as people celebrate with alcohol at holiday parties. If your holiday plans include car travel, make sure you practice defensive driving techniques to help you avoid an accident. This includes designating a driver if needed!
Don’t let your holiday plans be ruined by a preventable accident. We hope that you find this information helpful and that you and your family enjoy a happy and safe holiday season!
The Law Offices of Dan Davis handles the full range of personal injury cases in Oklahoma City and the surrounding areas. If you or a family member is hurt and you have questions about your rights, contact an Oklahoma City personal injury attorney today to schedule a complimentary consultation.