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Holiday Safety Tips

The holidays are a time for celebrating, for gift giving, and for draping everything in sight in pine branches and holly. Amidst all the holiday shopping and baking and decorating, it is important to remember to keep an eye out for safety. Accidental injuries are unfortunately common at this time of year, and cause serious damages. Take a break from the bustle and the crowds, and review these holiday safety tips to ensure a safe holiday, and a healthy start to the New Year.

Home for The Holidays

According to the National Safety Council, the period from mid-November through late December is one of the highest out of the year for accidental injuries. In the spirit of spreading holiday good cheer, share these holiday safety tips with those you love.

  • Turkey takes a place of honor on many holiday tables, but before firing up your deep fryer, consider this: there have been over 168 fires related to turkey fryers over the last 10 years, injuring over 672 people and causing more than $8 million in property damages. In the interest of safety, the NSC urges people to opt for roast turkeys instead, or order a fried turkey through their favorite local eatery.
  • While candles add to the ambience of the holidays, they can also present a very real fire hazard. Over 2,000 deaths occur each year as the result of fires, and more than 10 percent of these fires occur during the month of December. Be careful not to burn candles near your tree or other flammable items, make sure lit candles are out before going to bed, and keep candles and matches away from children.
  • While we all enjoy decking the halls, over 15,000 people were seen in hospital emergency rooms as the result of holiday decorations. Artificial spray snow is a lung irritant, and ‘angel hair’ tree ornamentation is made from spun glass and can irritate your eyes and skin. Always use a step ladder instead of standing on a chair when decorating, and make sure that lights have no frayed or exposed wires.

Gifts for Little Ones

Part of the fun of the holidays is the look on little ones faces when they see a big pile of gifts to open. Follow these toy buying safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission to ensure your children stay safe:

  • Avoid toys with small magnets that can pose a choking hazard;
  • Do not give toys with small parts to children under the age of three;
  • If buying scooters or bikes, remember to include the proper safety equipment with your gift, such as helmets and knee pads; and
  • Make sure adults are the only ones charging the battery, as both chargers and adaptors can pose a threat of thermal burns.

Let Us Help You Today

At the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III, we wish you and your family a happy, healthy, and safe holiday season. If you or a loved one is injured, contact an experienced Florida personal injury lawyer. Our office serves all of the entire Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie, Vero Beach, Saint Lucie, and Indian River Counties, and can provide the effective, efficient legal representation you need, while helping you get the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.

The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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