For many people, the holiday season is one of the most cherished looked-forward-to times of the year. However, it can also be one of the most hectic times of the year as people scramble to buy gifts, plan parties, make travel plans, and more. In all of the hustle and bustle, safety can sometimes take a back seat. This is when accidents unfortunately tend to happen.
We care about your safety, which is why we would like to remind you of common ways that accidents occur around this time of the year and what you can do to avoid them.
- Water accidents. Here in Hawaii, one of the most popular ways to spend Christmas is by going to the beach. If this is part of your plans, make sure you take a few precautions to avoid a preventable tragedy such as an accidental drowning. Never leave children unattended, even if they know how to swim, and instruct them to stay close to the shoreline. Check out the Red Cross’s list of Beach Safety tips for other helpful information.
- Car accidents. Car accidents tend to increase around the holidays. Unfortunately, drinking and driving also tends to increase as people celebrate with alcohol at holiday parties. If your holiday plans include car travel, make sure you practice defensive driving techniques to help you avoid an accident. This includes designating a driver if needed!
- Fall injuries. Falls from ladders are common around the holidays as people decorate their homes. Sometimes, these falls are the result of a defect in the ladder itself. Never use a ladder that is broken or unstable. Inspect your ladder before use and ensure that it is placed on a flat, level surface before stepping onto it.
- Defective products. The holidays are full of new items, from toys for the kids to new electronic gadgets for adults. Sometimes, these items can potentially be dangerous due to a defect in design, manufacturing, or marketing. Before using a new item, make sure that you read the instructions and use the item only for its intended purpose. It is also a good idea to check out Recalls.gov for a full list of recalled products and available remedies.
- Burn injuries. Kitchen accidents tend to increase around the holidays as people cook their holiday feasts. In fact, studies show that Thanksgiving and Christmas are the days with the highest reported number of kitchen fires. Thermal burns and scalds are common injuries in the kitchen and can happen to even the most experienced cooks. Make sure to keep young children and pets out of the kitchen while you are cooking, and keep a fire extinguisher handy in case of emergency.
An unexpected accident can ruin your holiday plans. We hope you find this information helpful and wish you and your family a safe and happy holiday! Mele Kalikimaka from our family to yours!
If you are injured in an accident caused by another person’s carelessness, you may be entitled to compensation. We encourage you to contact Leavitt, Yamane & Soldner to speak with a Honolulu personal injury lawyer about your potential case and to discuss your legal options. Request your free case evaluation when you call our office at (808) 537-2525.