When we envision the holiday season, very few of us consider the possibility of personal injuries, accidents, or other such unfortunate events. However, statistics have shown a sharp increase in the number of injuries, particularly those involving appliances or auto accidents, surrounding the holidays and we encourage everyone to review the following tips before embarking on another season of merriment and joy. As always, if you experience a personal injury and would like to speak to an experienced and professional legal advocate, we encourage you to contact Nelson C. Barry today.
Tip #1 – Take Care of the Tree
Nothing is as splendiferous as a live conifer perched proudly as the centerpiece of your holiday décor. However, be advised, nothing is as flammable either, and too many holiday homes go up in smoke each year for failing to follow simple Christmas tree advice. It may go without saying, but make certain you water your tree on a daily basis. Dried branches make the perfect conduit for house fires, especially when paired with twinkling lights of questionable quality. Also, try and keep your tree away from drapery or other incendiary household items so that in the event your tree does spark a fire, you’ll be able to keep it under control.
Tip #2 – Watch the Egg Nog
Holidays and imbibing go hand in hand – we understand. Just make sure you always designate a driver, never serve underage guests and monitor the intoxication level of your own house guests – especially those planning to drive. Evidence of intoxicated driving will undoubtedly give a judge and jury reason to find you negligent in the event you are involved in an accident.
Tip #3 – Tune up Kitchen Appliances
Stoves, ovens and countertop appliances are some of the most common culprits for accidents and injuries. During the holiday season, these gadgets are used far more than normal thereby raising your risk of a potential hazardous situation. Always keep a fire extinguisher handy and consider hiring a contractor to take a look at your electrical or gas hookups prior to inviting guests over. As well, never overload an electrical socket and always keep a timer going on all your holiday casseroles – forgetting that baked ham in the oven could result in an unintended batch of smoked bacon before you know it. And while there are many ways to cook a turkey, including deep-frying it, all carry a bit of risk.
Tip #4 – Check Out Your Home for Hazards
Believe it or not, you could face liability for hazardous conditions in your home in the event guests were to trip and fall. So, before combatting with your in-laws over the price of their broken hip, take a quick survey of your home to ensure there are no slippery rugs or broken steps that could expose you to liability. As well, if your household pet is especially aggressive toward strangers or in stressful situations, considering boarding him while guests are present as dog bites could also result in problems both with state animal control authorities and a possible civil lawsuit.
Contact Nelson C. Barry to Ensure Smooth Sailing This Holiday
The last thing you need to deal with during the holidays is personal liability and civil lawsuits. Protect yourself by protecting your home, and contact Nelson C. Barry the instant you encounter a problem.