As we get ready for the hustle and bustle of decorating, traveling, and gift buying, it is important to keep safety in mind to ensure the year’s festivities are not ruined by an unexpected accident. To help keep you safe this holiday season, be sure to keep the following tips in mind:

Use ladders carefully: In Canada, over 3000 people are treated each year for fall-related injuries associated with putting up holiday decorations. From putting up lights to bringing down decorations from the attic, these activities involve the extensive use of ladders and can carry a fair amount of danger. To prevent injury when using ladders, always use a properly rated ladder, have someone assist you, keep your body centered, and never stand on the top of a ladder.

Drive safe: Harsh winter weather conditions and a surge in the number of drunk drivers between Thanksgiving and New Years’ Day make the holiday season one of the most dangerous times of year to drive. To minimize your chances of being injured in a car accident, make sure your vehicle is properly maintained and ready for the icy weather, slow down, eliminate all distractions while behind the wheel, and keep a vigilant eye for intoxicated drivers.

Wear proper footwear. Wear slip-proof shoes when it is snowy and icy out. Slip and fall accidents occur outdoors often during the holiday season and if the weather conditions aren’t the best, make safety a priority. Just aim for caution when the sidewalks, driveways, parking lots, and roads are slick. You don’t want to fall and injure yourself on someone else’s property. As such, make sure that you de-ice and shovel your own walkways to prevent other people from falling on your property, too.

Watch those plug-ins. Electric decoration mishaps is one of the more common accidents that happens during the period of the holidays between Thanksgiving and New Year. This is mostly caused by careless decorating while preparing for the Holidays. Electric current can result to the following injuries: Cardiac Arrest, Thermal burns, as well as muscle, nerve and tissue destruction. Not turning off holiday decorations when going to sleep or leaving the house can result in a major fire hazard. If you have been injured and would like to speak to a lawyer, please call us at (613) 569-9500 or e-mail personalinjury@abblaw.ca. We are willing to meet with clients for a free 30-minute consultation to determine what sort of a claim you may have and discuss possible solutions.

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