As the festive season approaches, many of us decide to adorn our homes with magnificent displays of Christmas decorations in order to really ring in the festive cheer. Over the years, this has grown from the modest Christmas tree and stockings in the living room to include spectacular and dazzling displays outside the home, such as electrical lighting and large, inflatable Christmas figures. Although these decorations serve primarily to spread festive cheer, it’s important to recognise the dangers posed by putting Christmas decorations on your roof.
The dangers of putting Christmas decorations on your roof
Putting Christmas decorations on your roof poses a number of dangers, most notably from slipping, tripping or falling. A slip, trip or fall from a roof can result in a serious injury. Aside from the pain and suffering caused by a slip or trip, a serious injury is something no family wants to contend with at any time of the year, especially during the holiday period. Aside from the dangers posed by a slip or trip, other injuries which might occur when putting Christmas decorations on your roof include electrical shock, frostbite and repetitive strain injuries from lifting heavy objects.
How to avoid an accident when putting Christmas decorations on your roof
In order to reduce the chances of a nasty slip, trip or fall, it’s important to take the requisite precautions when erecting Christmas decorations on your roof. These include:
- Wearing appropriate footwear with adequate grip. This will significantly help to reduce the chances of suffering a slip, trip or fall.
- Having someone to help with the ladder
- Using the correct lifting technique when hoisting heavy loads
- Inspecting lighting for wear & tear or frayed cables which could increase the risk of an electric shock
- Wearing appropriate clothing to reduce the chances of suffering frostbite
- Taking regular breaks to prevent repetitive strain injury.
Claiming compensation for an accident that wasn’t your fault
If you’ve been injured when putting Christmas decorations on your roof and it was someone else’s fault, you could be entitled to make a claim for personal injury compensation. With years of experience in dealing with compensation claims, Accident Advice Helpline has helped many of our clients to make a claim in a way that is transparent and efficient. Call our Freephone number 0800 689 0500 today to find out more information.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown