When putting up your Christmas decorations you don’t often realise the potential dangers. If you aren’t careful you could sustain a slip, trip or fall injury or worse.
Which are the most dangerous Christmas decorations?
When you buy Christmas decorations you don’t think about the potential hazards that can be caused if you don’t use them carefully. The main dangerous Christmas decorations that can cause worse injuries than just a simple slip, trip or fall are fairy lights. Any electrical item comes with potential risks if they aren’t stored and used properly and fairy lights are no exception.
Any other dangerous decorations?
There are other Christmas decorations that could be a potential slip, trip or fall hazards including tinsel and baubles. These may not seem like potential trip hazards but many baubles are made of glass therefore, the chance of them falling and breaking and causing a painful injury can be quite high. Tinsel is a must-have on all Christmas trees but if you decide to drape tinsel across doors or low down it can create a trip hazard.
How to avoid sustaining a slip, trip or fall injury at Christmas?
Christmas is a time of fun, celebration, religion and family and the last thing you want is to sustain a slip, trip or fall injury. During the festive season dangerous Christmas decorations needn’t be that. When it comes to fairy lights, make sure you test the lights before you put them on the tree and ensure all dead bulbs are replaced. The last thing you need is a nasty fall injury from an electric shock.
To avoid a slip, trip or fall injury ensure tinsel is hung well away from the floor and make sure it is not trailing across doorways. With the baubles, if you can, pick the plastic one which are less fragile. However, if you do have glass ones ensure they are well secured to the tree to avoid a nasty fall injury.
Unfortunately slips, trips and falls can and do happen both at Christmas and any other time of the year. If you have sustained a slip, trip or fall injury within the last 3 years that wasn’t your fault you may be eligible to make a claim.
To find out more about making a slip, trip or fall claim speak to Accident Advice Helpline on our freephone number 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from your mobile.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown