The holidays are upon us and most of us are prepping. No matter what holiday you are celebrating, there are certain things that need to get done so we can celebrate in style. Unfortunately, the excitement that surrounds the various holidays can have us forgetting our usual commitment to safety and, ultimately, accidents both at home and in the workplace.
When you know the most common accidents that occur during the holiday season, you are better able to avoid them. Here are some of those accidents that happen a few times too many and what you can do to make sure you aren’t visiting a hospital instead of celebrating with friends and family.
1. Falling Decorations
The holidays are a time for decking the halls and outdoing our neighbors. It should come as no surprise that one of the most common injury accidents is the falling decoration. Think very carefully about where and how you are hanging holiday decorations both in and outside of your home.
2. Foreign Objects
You may think that adults are less likely to swallow foreign objects than children. You could be right but, then again, you could be wrong. Whether you are plating your holiday meal in a way that would rival a top chef or simply stringing popcorn for the tree, make sure that anything small enough to be a choking hazard isn’t included or is at least pointed out.
Alcohol is the number one cause of accidents of many types during the holiday season. From drunk driving to slips and falls, a bit too much indulgence can have disastrous consequences. There’s nothing wrong with having an adult beverage, but do so in moderation.
You would think that cooking injuries are limited to burns. Maybe lacerations. Interestingly, some of the most serious injuries come from dropped objects. Imagine a frozen turkey being dropped and landing squarely on your stocking feet. If you are pulling something out of the fridge or freezer, stay on guard.
5. Food Illness
It’s not unusual to sample things you may not typically eat during the holiday season. This can lead to food illness or even food poisoning. If you are going to try something new, do so in moderation. If you aren’t sure of how something was cooked, ask. You don’t want to spend the holidays feeling as though you have the worst bought of influenza you’ve ever had.
While nothing can prevent every accident from happening, you are better able to prevent most if you know what to lookout for. If you can’t avoid an injury in Charlotte this year, and your injury was caused by someone’s error or negligence, you could have a personal injury case on your hands. Call our office to schedule a free case evaluation and learn more about your legal rights. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills and more.