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Safety Tips To Prevent Holiday Accidents & Injuries

November 9, 2017


With Thanksgiving around the corner, the next few months will be busy with holiday shopping and get-togethers. Before these festivities, it’s good to review some simple safety tips that can help keep you and your loved ones safe. There are numerous ways in which personal injuries can occur during the holiday season, and being aware of the potential dangers can help to reduce your risks.


Holiday Accidents & Injuries


All the fuss and rushing around that goes with preparing for parties and attending events makes accidents and injuries more likely over the holiday season. The following highlights three common ways in which personal injuries can occur during this time of year:




The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that Thanksgiving is the busiest day of the year for home fires, followed closely by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. To prevent this type of accident from endangering you and your guests, the NFPA recommends the following tips:


  • Never leave ovens or stove tops unattended while cooking

  • Be careful of wearing loose clothing or long flowing sleeves when lighting candles or attending to fires

  • Check string lights for damage or frayed wires before hanging

  • If you use a turkey fryer, keep it outside on a stable surface and avoid overfilling it with oil

  • Keep a fire extinguisher nearby, just in case


Premises Liability Accidents


Thanksgiving dinner is barely over before holiday shopping sales events begin. Throughout the holiday season, stores can get overpacked, and crowds can get aggressive while fighting to get the most in-demand gifts or the best sales. Slip and fall accidents can result in serious injuries, as can getting struck by objects, such as loosely attached fixtures or items stuck high up on shelves. Protect yourself by following these tips:


  • While you may want to be first in line at a sale, avoid getting stuck between closed doors and a mob of eager shoppers

  • Wear proper shoes and watch for spills and cluttered aisles that could increase your risk of falling

  • Avoid standing on store shelves to reach for objects. Ask a clerk for help instead

  • Use caution in parking lots, and be alert for drivers pulling out of parking spaces


Motor Vehicle Accidents


The American Automobile Association (AAA) warns that the holidays are a peak time for travel-related accidents. The following tips can help prevent injuries on the road, whether you’re driving to visit relatives or simply traveling across town:


  • Make sure your car is properly maintained, checking fluid levels, tire pressure, and brakes

  • Be patient in traffic, obey speed limits, and avoid tailgating other drivers

  • Avoid distractions, such as talking on cellphones or texting

  • If you plan on drinking, have a designated driver or take a cab home rather than getting behind the wheel


We Are Here to Help You


When accidents and injuries do occur, contact the Surasky Law Firm, LLC. Our Aiken, SC personal injury attorneys provide professional legal representation to help you get the compensation you need to recover.



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