No matter what holiday you celebrate, decorations are always fun. To ring
in the festivities you might find yourself putting up a tree, menorah,
mistletoe, etc. And while most decorations are relatively harmless, there’s
always the risk that something might go wrong. Prepare for these unexpected
injuries by reminding your family of the dangers associated with the ordinary,
and celebrate a happy holiday season.
Lifting heavy items. Often the holiday season brings in heavy or large
packages and boxes, such as Christmas trees, large gifts like TVs, or
boxes with previous years’ decorations. If you have something too
heavy, don’t be too proud to ask for help. Otherwise you might find
yourself with a serious injury. You could hurt your back, cut yourself,
or even be crushed. In the holiday spirit everyone will be willing to help out.
Falling from heights. If you decide to put up lights on your roof, be careful
that you are stable and will not slide off. If you get snow on the roof
and decide to break out the ladder so you can reach up there and clean
it off, make sure the ladder has a steady base and get someone to hold
the legs. Better to be safe than sorry! Also beware of Christmas pranks–some
dare to go down the chimney and pretend to be Santa, but many have gotten
stuck or fallen and seriously hurt themselves.
Lights. While reusing past years’ decorations is a great idea, sometimes
lights become faulty after a few years. As the cords fray and become damaged,
there may be exposed wires or faulty plugs that cause these lights to
short out and electrocute, or start a fire. If your lights are old, do
yourself a favor and replace. In the event that faulty lights do injure
you or a member of your family, call the Kyle Law Firm to see if a
product liability lawsuit can help you get compensation.
Fires. Candles are big part of the Christmas season, but whether you light
a Menorah or simply want a pumpkin candle, you put your home at risk of
a fire if the flame is not maintained. Avoiding placing candles near curtains
or near flammable materials. Don’t put these lit flames on precarious
edges or in a place they may be blown over. Ensure that any time you will
leave the candle unattended you blow it out.
Broken ornaments. If you have a box of holiday ornaments, you will probably
want to light up the room with these sparkly orbs. Be wary of breaking
them, however, because the glass can shatter around you and hurt bare
feet or cut hands. If an ornament or decoration does break, be sure to
sweep the area thoroughly and clean up sharp pieces with care. If an ornament
does hurt you in a way that you don’t expect, make sure that you
call our legal team so we can evaluate whether or not you have a product
The holidays are a special time and it can be fun to decorate with this
spirit. Be cautious, however, and ensure that your family is protected
from the unforeseen dangers of the holiday.