During the holidays, you will probably see some public service announcements in social media and on television about driving safely. We have even discussed the hazards the winter weather and intoxicated revelers can create on the typical roadway in a previous blog entry. But dangerous driving is certainly not the only cause for rising concern during the holiday season.
Here’s three other common holiday accidents and how to prevent them:
Falling off ladders while decorating: Thousands of Americans will fall off high ladders when attempting to hang
holiday lights, wreaths, and other decorations around their homes this
year. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that
once every 20 minutes between Thanksgiving and Christmas, someone
falls off a ladder and gets hurt. It is not a laughing matter either, as it
might be presented in movies, as a fall from a short height can result
in paralysis and
- Prevention: Whenever you climb a ladder to hang up decorations, first check that the ladder is rated for the height you are ascending and your weight combined with the weight of your tools and gear. Try to only climb high ladders with a spotter that can hold it in place. If you know you are uncomfortable with heights, hiring a professional might be the smartest choice.
Back injury from lifting luggage: Travel season is synonymous with the American holiday season. For lengthy
trips to visit friends and family, or just see new parts of the world,
it can be difficult to pack light. Improper lifting of a piece of luggage
can cause severe back pain, dislocate a disc, and otherwise leave someone
immobilized. The matter is even worse if they are thousands of miles from home.
- Prevention: Only bring essentials with you. Make a list of what you can do without and what you can buy when you reach your destination. Remember that if you are staying in a hotel, basic amenities are generally provided, so you can save a little bit of weight there. Rolling luggage is also a great way to avoid awkward lifting. If you do need to pick up a piece of heavy luggage, remember to bend at the knees, hold it close to your body, and do not twist as you rise.
Lacerations while opening presents: CDC reports show that thousands of people are admitted to hospitals or
require first-aid on Christmas morning due to lacerations suffered while
opening presents with scissors or blades. Some cases are minor and only
need a bandage but many others are severe and need stitches.
- Prevention: Do not wrap gifts too tightly with strong twine, ribbons, and packing tape. If you must use a blade to open a present, child safety scissors are recommended. Remember to cut away from your body and never near your other hand, which should be well out of the way. Do not let small children handle sharp objects, as it could be dangerous even with close supervision.
Our team of Worcester personal injury lawyers at the Law Office of Robert W. Kovacs, Jr. wish you and your family a happy and healthy holiday season. Know that if the unfortunate does happen and you or someone you love is hurt in an accident, we can help you pursue compensation from the liable party. Our number is (508) 926-8833 and you can reach out to use at any time to schedule a free case evaluation.