Decorations create holiday ambience. Unfortunately, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates they prompt 18,000 ER visits each holiday season. Falls account for about half of them.
Ladders are often used for indoor and outdoor decorating. A ladder’s stability should be tested before using it. Inspect for loose screws, bolts, and hinges; damaged rungs, steps, and siderails; and grease, dirt, and paint. A ladder needs to be anchored on a flat, firm surface. Furniture is not a safe ladder substitute!
Decorating sometimes means venturing to the roof, which often doesn’t appear steep until you’re on it. Proper footwear and good judgment (and maybe a tether) are imperative. Tumbles from short heights can cause serious injuries, let alone one from a roof.
Wiring and extension cords should be located away from areas where they could be tripped over. Keep some distance between lawn decorations and walkways, and don’t allow decorations to defeat the purpose of handrails along steps.
Inspect Christmas lights for frayed wires, which can lead to electrical injuries, short circuits, and fires. Replace burnt-out bulbs right away; empty sockets can be an electrical hazard. Make sure the wattage of the replacement is correct, and don’t overload electrical outlets.
Tragically, Christmas tree fires make headlines annually. A properly watered tree is vital; dead ones should be ditched. Always unplug lights before leaving the house or going to bed. And if young kids or pets are part of the family, avoid open-flame candles throughout the house.
We’re not trying to dampen your holiday joy; we’re trying to increase it! If you are injured due to someone else’s negligence, contact our office to protect your rights.