Wintry weather conditions and family celebrations involving plenty of food and drink make the Christmas holiday a joyous, but potentially dangerous time. There are, however, steps you can take to prevent personal injury over Christmas.
In the home
Injuries by electrocution and fires; scalding and burning are particularly common over this period, as are trips and falls. Most of these accidental injuries can be prevented by:
- Not over-loading extension cords with multiple strings of fairy lights
- Not leaving naked flames, candles, unattended
- Using protective equipment, such as oven gloves and aprons, in the kitchen
- Drinking responsibly
- Ensuring presents, wrapping materials and other clutter are kept out of the way
- Keeping smoke alarms, electrical and heating appliances in good working order
In short, using common sense and performing necessary tasks like cooking and cleaning with great care will do much to keep you safe at home at this time of the year.
Away from home
When you have to leave your home, snow, rain and ice can make life extremely difficult. In addition to wrapping up warm to prevent instances of hypothermia, prevent slips, trips and falls by wearing sensible footwear with plenty of grip.
The risk of slipping and tripping in pubs, restaurants and shops is also increased, as flooring is wet with snow and water carried in by customers and staff may become careless with boxes and packaging materials as they restock shelves. It therefore, pays to look out for potential trip or slip hazards.
On the road
The chance of having a road traffic accident is equally increased. This increase in motoring accidents is not only due to poor weather and light conditions, but also because of drink driving. Again, drinking responsibly and being extra vigilant while driving will help to prevent injuries by vehicle collisions. Adjusting speeds and driving style to road conditions is particularly important at this time of the year.
When Christmas is not merry
Should you have the misfortune to sustain a personal injury over Christmas, and the slip, trip or fall; car crash or other accident leading to your injury was someone else’s fault, you could be eligible to make a compensation claim.
Help is available
Accident Advice Helpline staff are available via the company’s confidential freephone number 365 days a year, 24 hours every day. Call us on Freephone number, 0800 689 0500, to get helpful advice on all injury compensation matters and enlist one of our in-house lawyers to represent you in your claim for compensation.
Date Published: December 18, 2015
Author: David Brown