Holiday Safety: 5 Tips from Gallian Welker & Beckstrom

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The holiday season is approaching with all its fun and hustle and bustle, and friends and families will gather to celebrate and spend time together. However, the holiday season is also a time to be on alert as there are more distractions and, usually, more people out and about. To help you and your loved ones stay safe, follow these holiday safety tips.

1. Beware of Last-Minute Shoppers

Last-minute holiday shopping can be dangerous. People are trying to navigate crowded parking lots and find that perfect gift for their loved one. Exercise patience so you can have a calm, clear mind, and be aware of your surroundings at all times–especially while backing out of parking spots. Do not drive distracted, always wear a seatbelt, drive slow, and carefully watch for pedestrians.

2. Decorate Carefully

There are thousands of emergency room visits during the holidays due to accidents involving decorating. Make sure you use steady ladders when hanging lights (and use them correctly), and keep children out of the way of any ladders. Avoid using glass decorations if you have young children around. Any poisonous plants, such as mistletoe and poinsettias, should be kept far from reach from children and pets.

3. Be Careful When Cooking

Always be cautious when working with high heat and oil (fried turkey, anyone?). Severe burns can occur during cooking accidents. Do not wear loose clothing around open flames or high heat, and if there is a kitchen fire, smother it rather than use water.

4. Never Drive While Intoxicated

Many people enjoy alcohol as they gather with friends and family, but always be responsible and never drink and drive. Alcohol impairment is involved in a large number of holiday accidents and deaths, and it is completely preventable. Have a designated driver or use a rideshare service instead to get home.

5. Consider Toy Safety

When buying gifts for small children, consider the safety of the toy first. Are there small parts that can be swallowed or present a choking hazard? Button batteries are especially dangerous for young children, and they can prove fatal if ingested. Do your research before buying.

The holiday season is a fun and joyous time of year, and holiday safety can make it even more so. If you or a loved one is involved in an accident or suffers an injury (at the fault of someone else) during the holidays, we want to help. Give us a call at 435-628-1682 and we will discuss your options to get you the help you deserve. The legal team at Gallian Welker & Beckstrom wishes everyone a happy and safe holiday season.