Preventing Northern California Holiday Decoration Accidents

Posted By Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP || 16-Dec-2011

December is a time for many types of holiday celebrations and festivities, with families around the country celebrating by covering their homes in decorations. But decorating can bring injury along with cheer for families around the nation. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorations sent over 13,000 people to the emergency room in November and December of 2010 due to accidents.

Decorations and the act of decorating expose many to dangers in the home and workplace that would not normally be present, or would be less likely without their presence, such as burn injuries and fall accidents. As such, it is important to follow these safety precautions for the holiday by the CPSC:

Christmas Trees

Every year, Christmas trees cause fires in homes around the nation. When selecting a live tree, it is important to check if the tree is fresh and not dry by shaking it and checking for needles that do not break or fall off easily. Place the tree away from heat sources to prevent fires, and any artificial trees that are bought should be official labeled as “Fire Resistant.”

Candles

Only leave candles burning when they are in sight, and candles should be extinguished when going to sleep or leaving the area to prevent fires. Candles should be placed on stable, heat-resistant surfaces out reach of children and away from flammable objects, including trees and decorations.

Holiday Lights

Before using lights, make sure that they have been tested for safety and meet requirements for outdoor and indoor usage, depending on where they are to be used. All lights should be checked for frayed wires, damaged sockets, and loose connections along with extension cords to prevent fires. When stringing up Christmas lights, use precautions and a safe environment to prevent falls and other injuries that may occur during an accident.

Although many precautions can be taken to avoid a holiday accident, they cannot stop accidents caused by the negligent or reckless actions of another party. If you have been injured due to another’s negligence, Van Der Walde & Associates’ Santa Cruz personal injury lawyers can help you win the rightful compensation you deserve for your losses. Contact us today for a consultation at (800) 900-0863.

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