It’s that time of year again! Time to put up holiday decorations and attend parties with friends and family. However, unfortunately each year, a number of New Jersey families have their holiday festivities marred by serious injuries that could have been prevented. According to CNN, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reports that 5,800 people are injured each year while putting up decorations for the holidays. Additionally, many others are injured in serious car accidents because they fail to adapt to wintry weather and icy roadways.
There are many steps you can take to prevent injuries and have a safe holiday season for your family and your guests. When you put up holiday decorations this year, make sure you secure your ladder and always have someone there to spot you. Also, having someone hold your ladder in place can also greatly reduce the likelihood of a serious fall accident. You should also be aware of the placement of your electrical cords and plugs. Wetness from ice and snow can cause devastating electrocution injuries. If you are putting up a Christmas tree in your home, consider buying a non-flammable artificial tree. Fresh, real trees become a serious fire hazard once they begin to dry out.
As you celebrate the holidays, remember to drive safely and to drink responsibly. Assign a designated driver or take a cab if you have been drinking at a party. When people drink and drive they put their own lives and the lives of others in serious jeopardy. Also, when you drive in wintry weather, make sure you leave adequate space between you and vehicles ahead of you to allow for sudden stops.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of someone else’s negligence this holiday season, please contact the New Jersey personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein to receive more information about pursuing your legal rights. Call our law office at 609-240-0040 to find out how we can help you secure fair and full compensation for all your injuries, damages, and losses from a personal injury accident in New Jersey.