Decorating for the holiday season can be fun, but also dangerous if you do not prepare for the unexpected. According to recent statistics, there has been a substantial increase in injuries involving holiday decorating, including falling from a ladder while stringing lights. Often times, these types of accidents result in broken bones, electrocution, pain and suffering, or even death.
Approximately 13,000 people were treated for injuries suffered during November and December last year, increasing from 10,000 in 2007 and 12,000 in 2008 and 2009. In addition, about 240 house fires occur each year caused by trees catching fire, totaling $18 million in property damage.
Prevent Serious Injury With These Holiday Safety Tips
The personal injury lawyers at Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. want to ensure the safety of your family around the holidays with these helpful tips provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- Never use lighted candles on a tree or near other evergreens.
- Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over.
- Buy a fresh tree, because it will be less of a fire hazard than a dry one:
- Make sure it is green.
- Needles are hard to pick off branches.
- The trunk of a fresh tree will be sticky with resin.
- When making paper decorations, look for materials labeled non-combustible or flame-resistant.
- Artificial snow sprays can irritate lungs if inhaled.
- Wear gloves while decorating with spun glass to avoid irritation to eyes and skin.
- Choose tinsel, artificial icicles, plastic or non-leaded metals. Leaded materials can be hazardous if ingested by children.
- Indoors and outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety.
- Check new and old lights for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections
- Fasten outdoor lights securely to objects, to protect from wind damage.
- Turn off lights when you go to bed and/or leave the house.
- Remove all wrapping papers from tree and fireplace areas immediately after presents are opened.
- Keep a screen before the fireplace while fire is burning.
Contact a Michigan Personal Injury Lawyer
We encourage every household to follow these safety tips to ensure the safety of all the loved ones in their home. Sometimes an injury may also occur due to the fact that a product is defective or dangerous. If you or someone you know is injured during this holiday season due to a dangerous or defective product, call our office now at (800) 606-1717 to speak with one of our experienced Michigan personal injury lawyers. We will discuss your case with you, explaining all your legal rights, and represent you under our No Fee Promise, which means you do not pay any legal fees until we prove and win your case. Call today!