Every year, millions of Americans throughout the country celebrate the holidays by visiting loved ones, eating delicious meals, opening presents, and simply being merry. However, it is also the most dangerous time of the year. From driving on sleek and icy roads to decorating, there are many activities during the holidays that can pose a real hazard.
The following are the most common holiday accidents and injuries you should be careful of this—and every—season:
- Car accidents – While roads can experience dangerous conditions because of rain, ice, and snow, the shorter daylight drivers experience can make it difficult to see come nighttime. Since many people will be traveling over the holidays, they must also deal with congested roadways and fatigued drivers who are out on the road for long hours without getting a good night’s rest. Furthermore, intoxicated motorists leaving festive events pose a serious danger as well.
- Decorating – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPCS) states that decorations are the most common cause of injury during this time of year. Most of these injuries are caused by falls from people attempting to set up holiday decorations on the roof of their homes. Additionally, injuries can also be caused by falling decorations, children mishandling decorations, and even electric shocks from attempting to decorate.
- Home fires – Home fires are quite common during the holiday season. They are often caused by Christmas trees catching on fire because of hot tree lights making contact with dry branches or being placed near a furnace or fireplace. Candles are another source of home fires.
- Shopping – Many of us are aware of how stores can be overcrowded during the holidays, especially when it is Black Friday. Every year, there are stories of shoppers suffering injuries and even getting killed due to holiday shopping conditions and violence.
- Toys – Although toys bring joy to children, they can be dangerous. Small parts can pose as choking hazards, toys with strings can cause entanglement and strangulation injuries, projectiles can cause eye and facial injuries, and toys resembling weapons can cause blunt force trauma.
- Winter sports – Skiing, snowboarding, and ice skating are great ways to have fun and get exercise during the cold winter months. However, these activities can lead to serious injuries such as broken bones, bruises, and lacerations.
- Cooking – Since the holidays are meant for family gatherings, cooking is always involved. However, people are susceptible to injuries caused by cooking fires, cuts from knives, shattered dishes, lacerations from food processors and blenders, as well as burns.
Now that you are aware of the potential holiday dangers, our Pasadena personal injury attorney at Tedford & Associates hope you avoid getting hurt in order to be joyful all season long. If you happen to suffer an injury caused by a negligent party or a defective product, contact us and schedule a free consultation today.