How Careless Decorating Make Your Holidays Less Merry
Injured Over the Holidays
Beautiful light displays and carefully decorated trees are a festive part of the holiday season. In most cases, these decorations are nothing but fun, but sometimes they can cause injuries or even fatalities. You should make sure that your own decorations are safe and be careful around holiday displays put together by others. Our New Orleans holiday injury lawyer has seen cases where clients have been injured—sometimes very seriously—due to someone else’s negligence around the holidays.
Watch Out for Dangers to Small Children. A young child may find the beautiful lights and decorations irresistible and may be tempted to put something in his or her mouth. Avoid decorations that have small parts or that look like food or candy, which can be attractive to kids. Also, place decorations out of reach of their curious hands.
Place and Maintain Your Tree Properly. When you’re deciding where to put your tree, make sure to place it away from foot traffic as well as away from sources of heat like fireplaces or radiators. Help a real tree stay fresh by keeping a good supply of water in the stand.
Check Your Lights. Don’t assume that last year’s lights are still in good shape. Look for signs of damage—such as cracked sockets, broken bulbs, frayed or bare wires, and loose connections—on each light before you plug them in or hang them. Also check new packs for damage to help prevent any unwanted fires.
Take Care with Ladders. Climbing up on a ladder can be dangerous. Make sure to lock the straps and place it on solid ground. Step in the center of each rung to avoid tipping to the side, and avoid the top three rungs. Have someone on the ground to hold the ladder and help you in case you fall.
Use Candles Safely. Battery-operated candles are a good alternative, but if you’d like to use traditional candles, make sure you’re using them safely and do not leave them burning unattended. Don’t put them on a tree and keep them away from other decorations and wrapping paper. Also place them where they’re secure, won’t fall and away from children and pets.
Choose the Right Tree. If buying an artificial tree, make sure that it’s fire resistant. If you prefer a real tree, make sure that it is fresh and not dry when you buy it. Do so by checking that it’s green and has needles that are hard to pull from branches. Also bounce the tree against the ground to see if it sheds a shower of falling needles. If so, this is a sign that it’s too dry and can cause a fire hazard.
Properly Dispose of Wrapping Paper. After opening all presents, remove all wrapping paper on the ground – especially near the tree or fireplace. Dispose of it properly instead of burning it in the fireplace, since a flash fire could result as the paper suddenly ignites.
Getting Help from New Orleans Holiday Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured as a result of defective lights or decorations or because someone else failed to provide a safe environment, contact a New Orleans holiday injury lawyer at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but you can reach us 24/7 by phone. You can also talk to us via LiveChatif you prefer. We offer free consultations, and you won’t pay a free unless you win your case.
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