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How to Stay Safe During the Holidays

It just takes one preventable accident to turn a holiday celebration into a tragedy. Accidents are a part of life, but we can all take steps over the holiday season to keep ourselves, our families, and our friends safe.

Below, we’ll outline some of the more common holiday safety issues that we see and how to prevent them.

Fire Risk

The American Red Cross estimates 47,000 fires occur during the winter holidays each year, claiming more than 500 lives and causing over $500 million in property damage. Three of the biggest culprits behind holiday season fires are as follows:

  • Holiday lights
  • Christmas trees
  • Candles

Holiday lights become dangerous when the strands are frayed or broken. When frayed or broken strands are plugged into an outlet or power strip, sparks can occur and cause a fire. Always check the strands for frays or breaks before plugging them in.

Christmas trees pose the highest fire risk when a live tree dries out. A dried-out tree is just a tinderbox that needs only a spark to ignite and cause major problems. Live trees need to be watered once a day to keep from drying out.

Finally, it doesn’t take much for a child or pet to inadvertently knock a candle over and start a fire. Lit candles should be kept within sight and never be left unattended.

Ladders, Lights, and Slip-and-Fall Injuries

The scene of someone precariously hanging on a ladder while trying to string holiday lights on a roof is a common one during the holiday season. Every year, people are injured when they fall off their ladder or the ladder falls out from under them. Here are a couple of tips for staying safe while stringing holiday lights on a ladder:

  • Make sure the ladder is on secure and level footing.
  • Don’t overreach or overextend from the ladder.
  • Step off the ladder and move it instead of stretching to reach a new spot.

It’s generally a matter of balance for both the ladder and the user. The good news is that the vast majority of slip-and-fall injuries involving ladders during the holiday season are completely preventable when the correct safety measures are taken.

Holiday Season Driving

During the holidays, it seems like just about everyone plans a road trip to see family or friends. That means more cars are on the highway. Couple increased traffic with adverse road conditions from snow or ice, and road trips during the holidays can be perilous.

The following are some tips to stay safe while driving:

  • Have an emergency kit in the vehicle stocked with blankets, a flashlight, a first aid kit, and bag of sand or cat litter (for traction if stuck in the snow).
  • Equip the vehicle with snow tires or snow chains.
  • Drive according to the weather conditions, being especially cautious with speed.

Being prepared before driving during the holidays can make all the difference. It’s a lot cheaper to have snow tires or chains than to replace a totaled vehicle—not to mention dealing with injuries and other accident consequences. Drivers should adjust their speed to road conditions and try to gradually brake instead of hard-braking when traveling over ice or snow.

Injured? Call Craig Swapp & Associates

The holidays are a wonderful time of the year. Keep them wonderful by keeping yourself and your family safe this holiday season. Take precautions and stay alert.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident during the holidays, get in touch with us by calling 1-800-404-9000 or by filling out the online form at the bottom of this page. An experienced attorney from Craig Swapp & Associates is ready to help.

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