With the festive season fast approaching, we at Accident Advice Helpline thought it might be appropriate to dedicate one of our blog articles to helping prevent the dangers of hazardous Christmas decorations.
What are the dangers of hazardous Christmas decorations?
There are a number of dangers which surround hazardous Christmas decorations. According to statistics published by the NHS, each year over 80,000 people require medical attention due to injuries sustained over the festive period. Although only a small number of these are as a direct result of hazardous Christmas decorations, it is estimated that 1,000 people will be injured as the result of slipping or tripping when decorating a Christmas tree, 350 will be injured by fairy lights, including electric shocks and a further 1,000 will be injured as the result of broken glass decorations.
What can I do to make my home safer during the festive period?
Here are some tips to avoiding the dangers of hazardous Christmas decorations:
- Always use a step-ladder when dressing a Christmas tree. A stool or chair can wobble or keel over, leading to serious injury.
- Inspect fairy lights before use. Check for frayed cables or broken bulbs which may pose an electrical hazard. Ensure that cables are not trailing across the floor, creating a risk of slipping, tripping or falling.
- Don’t overreach when hanging Christmas decorations. Not only can this lead to a slip or trip, but can also increase the chances of suffering a back, neck or shoulder injury.
- Ensure all candles are extinguished before going to bed. Never put candles or oil burners next to a Christmas tree as this poses a serious fire hazard.
- Keep shiny, glass baubles out of the reach of children. Children may mistake the glass decorations for sweets, which can cause severe cuts to the mouth and face or even internal injuries.
Having an accident over the Christmas period can be more than just a severe annoyance. It can also lead to long-term pain and suffering and may even have a knock-on effect on your finances at such a critical time of the year. Accident Advice Helpline has a proven track record in the years of helping our clients pursue a claim in all areas of personal injury compensation.
That’s why we can count on the support of consumer rights champions like Dame Esther Rantzen. Accident Advice Helpline could help you make a claim for compensation if you’ve been injured as the result of an accident that wasn’t your fault. Contact us today on 0800 689 0500 for more information on how you could be entitled to make a no-win no-fee* claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 3, 2015
Author: David Brown