From late November to mid-January, the holiday gives a good mood and meetings with friends and family. They are also a season when home accidents often occur. The following are some common holiday-related accidents, along with tips to help you keep your family safe at home during the holidays.
Decorating Autumn Accidents
You may be surprised to learn how many people are injured when decorating their homes for the holidays. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that an estimated 17,465 people during three winter seasons were treated in emergency rooms for fall injuries related to decorating the holiday.
About 43% of these cases were from ladders, many of which occurred while stringing or removing outdoor lighting. People who decorate for the holidays have also fallen from furniture, stairs, porches and ceilings, or have stumbled and fallen on tree skirts, extension cords or other decorative tools for the holiday. Use a stable, reliable ladder on a flat surface.
Holidays during the holiday season
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), 100 fires started on Christmas trees and 1200 fires started by candles during a new two-year period in the United States, not to mention ordinary cooking fires. To reduce the risk of fire during the holidays:
- Be sure to follow all appropriate safety precautions if you choose to fry your Thanksgiving turkey.
- Check if it's fresh when you buy a live Christmas tree. The tree should be green and the bottom should be sticky with resin. When knocking on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. The needles should be difficult to pull from the branches and should not break when you bend them between your fingers.
- Place your Christmas tree from heat sources.
- Make sure that the tree always gets water.
- 19659008] Look for the label "Fire Resistant" when buying an artificial tree.
- Store the candles on a stable, heat-resistant surface, away from flammable objects.
- Keep all burning candles in sight. If you leave the room, turn off the lights first. Flameless LED lights are much safer. If you like light scent, you have alternatives to light.
- Use only lamps that have been safety tested by a nationally recognized laboratory.
- Check each set of lamps for worn wires, loose connections and cracks or broken outlets. Discard any damaged appliances.
Accidents with slips and falls
A white holiday season can be beautiful, but snow and ice on footpaths can be treacherous. Depending on the circumstances and the laws of the state, it can also give you the opportunity to take responsibility. Slipping and falling accidents can cause serious injuries, including head injuries, bone fractures, strains, sprains and dislocations. To protect the family and visitors of your property, shovel snow from walkways and use ice melt to reduce the risk of slipping and falling.
Make sure you have the right home insurance to protect you from loss in case of fire and from liability in the risk of another person being injured on your property. Our friendly agent can help you get the best deal on a homeowners insurance policy that matches your needs and budget.