As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us will be removing holiday decorations from our homes and surrounding property. According to the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were about 15,000 emergency department visits involving injuries related to holiday decorating in 2012 alone. Between climbing ladders, wiring holiday lights, building fires, and bringing trees into our homes, the holidays can create many injury hazards. When injuries happen because of negligence or faulty products, victims may be able to recover by filing a persona injury claim. Anyone who has been injured in a holiday decorating incident should be certain to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible to retain legal representation.
Luckily, there are certain steps that people can take in order to minimize the risk of sustaining an injury while decorating for the holidays. The CPSC offers the following advice:
- Make sure to pay attention to safety warnings on ladders and only use them as intended.
- Make sure trees are fresh and keep them well-hydrated. In addition, keep live trees away from heat sources and from walkways.
- If using an artificial tree, make sure that it is labeled as “fire resistant.”
- If there are small children in the house, avoid using ornaments that are sharp or breakable. In addition, do not use decorations that resemble anything edible and may tempt a child to attempt to eat them.
- If burning candles, make sure to keep them within sight.
- Use candles on heat-resistant surfaces.
- Check extension cords for signs of wear before use.
- Make sure that you use lights designed for indoor use inside and those designed for outdoor use outside.
Contact a Fayette County personal injury attorney for a free consultation
By following these steps, you can minimize your risk of being involved in an accident while decorating or taking down holiday decorations. In the unfortunate event you or your loved one sustains an injury this holiday season, you may be entitled to substantial compensation. Our personal injury lawyers are dedicated to helping victims of negligence recover for their injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the Law Offices of Shane Smith today at (770) 487-8999.