Decorating Your Home for the Holidays
‘Tis the season when everywhere you look is strewn with holiday decorations and holiday-themed décor. Decorating is part of the fun of the holiday season, and strings of lights and ornamented trees capture the hearts and imaginations of those young and old. Whether you go all out covering everything in pine garland, tinsel, and bows, or simply put up a few light sets, it helps to be aware of basic safety precautions to ensure against decorating disaster. Accidental injuries are common over the holidays, and one way to prevent these injuries is by making sure your home decorations are safe for both your family as well as visitors you receive this holiday season.
Holiday Decorating Injuries
Estimates from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicate that over 15,000 accidental injuries occur during the months of November and December each year as the result of holiday decorations and décor. This averages to roughly 250 per day, and these injuries can be severe enough to cause serious impacts long after the tree is down and the wrapping paper is put away. According to the CPSC, common holiday decorating injuries include the following:
- Slip and fall injuries, which can result in head, back, and neck injuries as well as fractures
- Cuts and lacerations from broken ornaments and sharp surfaces
- Back strains and sprains caused by lifting and reaching
- Burn injuries caused by fires and electric currents
While some of the injuries can be minor, others can result in permanent damage resulting in lingering disabilities. Fortunately most of these injuries are preventable by taking the correct precautions, as well as being aware of some common types of dangers.
Decking the Halls Safely
The National Safety Council (NSC) states that holiday injuries can commonly occur from mid-November to mid-January, encompassing the time when family and friends frequently gather together, as well as the time preparing for and cleaning up after these gatherings. Help prevent accidents and injuries to your loved ones this holiday season by following these holiday decorating safety tips from the NSC:
- Make sure artificial trees are labeled as fire resistant and flame retardant
- Make sure real trees have plenty of water to avoid drying out
- Keep candles on stable surfaces and use only electric candles near trees or holiday garland
- Be careful when using artificial snow, as sprays can irritate the lungs
- Place décor with children in mind, and avoid putting glass ornaments or anything breakable within their reach
- Make sure lights are in good working order and that there are no frayed or exposed wires
- Poinsettias can be poisonous to both children and pets. Use artificial poinsettias, or keep real ones out of reach
In addition to the above, make sure outdoor walkways are clear and well lighted to prevent injuries to visitors, and be mindful to clean up wrapping paper or toys that accumulate on the floor to prevent trips and falls.
Reach Out to Our Office for Assistance
If you or someone you love suffers an accidental injury as the result of someone’s reckless or negligent conduct, contact our experienced South Carolina personal injury attorneys at Anastopoulo Law Firm today. Accidental injuries cause serious damages, and can have long term repercussions on your health, finances, and overall wellbeing. Let us help you and your loved ones get the justice you deserve.