Christmas Safety 101: Visit Santa— Not the E.R.— this Holiday Season
December 17, 2021
BY: Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O'Cathain & O'Cathain
We all have our ideas of what the perfect Christmas Day should look like: waking up early to watch the children unwrap their presents from Santa Claus; sitting down to an early dinner, with all the trimmings and a good glass of wine; taking a post-dinner family walk; enjoying a pre-dessert family movie; or even indulging in a Christmas Day nap.
The one thing we don’t want is to end up in the Emergency Room.
And yet, according to the Consumer Products Safety Commission 12,000 to 15,000 people visit the E.R. every year due to Christmastime-related injuries.
What can you do to avoid the hospital over the season, and have a safe— and healthy— holiday?
- Decorations: This is the one that’s most likely to get you injured. Use a proper ladder, put on good shoes or boots, have someone at the bottom of the ladder to make sure it doesn’t start to wobble, and don’t climb too high. And remember not to do any fancy electrical work while up on that ladder. If you haven’t turned off the circuit breaker or power strip, one little zap will be enough to send you flying. If this is too much, watch Clark Griswold and learn from his mistakes in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. If you want to learn more, check out our blog post dedicated to this topic.
- Alcohol: This is not just about what you and your loved ones are drinking, it’s also about knowing that other people are overdoing it and getting into their cars. We all know to leave the car at home if we are going drinking. In northern New Jersey, we have plenty of ways to get home without getting behind the wheel. The problem is that other people are over drinking and being over served. (Check out our blog on holiday drinking-and-driving). Social isolation and economic stress have a lot of people in a bad place and depending on alcohol – let’s remember that on the roads at nighttime or outside the bar when people start getting angry.
- Fire: Don’t put the tree near the fire, blow out those candles, and make sure the fire is out before bedtime. Again, having a few too many drinks can make us forget these things. Escaping from your home while it’s on fire is a Christmas nightmare nobody wants.
- Snow and Ice: There is a chance of snow around Christmas this year in New Jersey. Get that snow shovel ready, be stocked up on rock salt, get the winter boots ready, and be ready for icy roads. Let the snow make a beautiful photo and not a bad memory this Christmas. (For more on winter slip-and-fall accidents please check out here and , for specifically in New Jersey, please visit here.)
Everyone in the Personal Injury Department wishes you a safe and healthy Christmas, and best wishes for a good New Year!
If you are unfortunately injured during the holiday season and need legal assistance, please contact Lesnevich, Marzano-Lesnevich, O’Cathain & O’Cathain, LLC at: (201) 488-1161. To learn more, please visit: https://lmllawyers.com/personal-injury-law/