During the holidays, everyone gets into "hustle and bustle mode"
and they may be less aware of their actions and those around them. Although
the holidays can be a warm and welcoming time for some, it is also one
of the most common times for people to become injured in accidents. The
last thing you would want is for you or one of your children to get hurt
during the holiday season.
Whether you are out shopping or decorating, it is important that you are
aware of your surroundings and of potential dangers. Below is a list of
common holiday-related accidents and how you can help prevent injuries.
Five of the most common holiday-related accidents include:
Choking accidents: Children are more vulnerable to choking hazards, especially when it comes
to small toys and candies. Take precautions to ensure that your decorations
are safe for children and that any small toys are put away. If you are
feeding your kids holiday meals or treats, make sure are sized properly.
Slip and fall accidents: One of the most common types of accidents, the slip and fall accident,
can happen virtually anywhere at any time. These happen most often in
public places where the floor has recently been cleaned or when items
are left out on the ground, such as in a grocery store or at the mall.
However, fall accidents can also occur in your home or a friend's
home, such as off a ladder. If you are using a ladder, be sure that it
is sturdy and have another person supporting the base.
Electrical shock or
burn accidents: We are constantly plugging in different lights, decorations and appliances
in the kitchen. It is important to take precautions to ensure your outlets
are not overloaded by checking the maximum voltage and that extension
cords are used properly.
Car accidents: During the holidays, drivers are often not on their best behavior. Everyone
seems to be in a rush and they may speed or fail to follow basic traffic
laws. Try to practice defensive driving and be on the lookout for pedestrians,
drunk drivers, and other roadside hazards.
Workplace accidents: Accidents occur in the workplace more frequently during the holidays,
due to frustrated customers, overworked employees, and a variety of other
reasons. If you are working during the holidays, be aware of your surroundings
and be cautious in your interactions.
If you have been hurt in a holiday-related accident, our Kingston personal
injury attorneys can help. From our offices in Kingston,
Poughkeepsie, Ellenville, and NYC, we are ready to discuss your case.
Contact Mainetti, Mainetti & O'Connor, P.C. 24/7 at (845) 340-4878 for a free consultation.