Now that Halloween is behind us, many people are already looking forward to the upcoming holiday season. As we get ready for the hustle and bustle of gift shopping, decorating, and traveling, it is important to keep safety in mind to ensure the year’s yuletide festivities are not ruined by an unexpected injury. To help keep you safe this holiday season, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:
- Drive safe: Harsh winter weather conditions and a surge in the number of drunk drivers between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Day make the holiday season one of the most dangerous times of year to drive. To minimize your chances of being injured in a car accident, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and ready for the icy weather, slow down, eliminate all distractions while behind the wheel, and keep a vigilant eye for intoxicated drivers.
- Beware of turkey fryers: While deep frying your Thanksgiving turkey may produce delicious results, turkey deep fryers are the cause of countless fires burn injuries each year and must be used with extreme caution. If you plan on frying your turkey, follow all safety procedures, keep it away from decks or flammable objects, never leave it unattended, and always keep a fire extinguisher handy.
- Beware of falls from ladders: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), roughly 5,800 Americans are treated each year for fall-related injuries associated with putting up holiday decorations. From putting up lights to bringing down decorations from the attic, these activities involve the extensive use of ladders and can carry a fair amount of danger. To prevent injury when using ladders, always use a properly rated ladder, have someone assist you, keep your body centered, and never stand on the top of a ladder.
- Watch your step: Ohio winters can be particularly harsh, resulting in extremely slick grounds in many places throughout the state. Many slip and falls occur during the holiday season when walking on outdoor stairs or stepping off curbs. Always use handrails, wear slip resistant shoes, and look before your step to prevent an unexpected tumble.
- Watch out for holiday sports injuries: Every family has their own unique holiday traditions. Some love traveling, others love sitting around the fireplace telling stories or playing board games, and there are those who wait all year long to play their traditional family sports activities. Whether you, your family and friends love to play flag football, go skiing or engage in some other sports-related activity, injuries do happen. Sprained ankles, bruised or broken bones, cuts and concussions are among the most common injuries stemming from holiday sports accidents.
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While these tips can help protect you against most common types of holiday injuries, the unexpected can always happen. If you or a loved one should be injured this holiday season at the hands of a negligent party, contact the Toledo personal injury lawyers at Williams DeClark Tuschman Co., L.P.A. Backed by a track record of more than $50 million recovered in verdicts and settlements, our compassionate and veteran litigators have what it takes to help you pursue the fair compensation you need to get back on your feet.
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