Christmas lights pageants are meant to spread seasonal joy, but can occasional result in accidents causing potentially serious accidental injuries to participants and spectators alike.
To prevent all involved from being injured by slipping, falling or tripping, while seeing the Christmas lights, it is necessary to ensure that:
- Snow and ice on exterior surfaces are adequately cleared
- Interior surfaces are kept dry and clear of trip hazards
Stairways in particular need to be well lit and free of obstacles to prevent injuries by falling.
Dehydration and other possible personal injuries
Participants need to be provided with plenty of water to prevent dehydrating under hot stage lights. Choir members should also be advised to prevent their knees from locking by occasionally moving, as this, combined with dehydration, can lead to fainting and falling injuries.
Naturally, it is extremely important to ensure lights, microphones, amplifiers, and any other electrical equipment used during the duration of the pageant, are safe and in proper working order, as they may otherwise lead to injuries by electrocution or burning. Fires can be prevented by ensuring electrical equipment is fully functional, as well as reduction of fire hazards by preventing plants from drying out; keeping streamers and other flammable objects or materials away from open flames (candles) and generally using a lot of common sense. For obvious reasons, it is also vital to ensure smoke detectors and sprinkler systems are operational.
Personal injury compensation
If you were injured during a Christmas light pageant through no fault of your own, it is possible for you to claim injury compensation if the incident occurred within the last three years.
You can make your compensation claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500. Available 24/ 7, this law firm’s help line is manned by helpful and experienced staff members who will first of all establish your eligibility to claim compensation. Following this, you will be passed on to one of the firm’s lawyers, who will be selected according to his or her experience in cases similar to yours to ensure you receive the best possible advice and assistance for your claim.
Conditional fee agreement
Because these lawyers work under conditional fee agreements, a process more commonly known as no–win, no–fee, you do not have to worry about finding the money to pay solicitor fees incurred during the process of claiming. Any costs resulting from your claim will be deducted as a percentage of your compensation once the case has been settled.
Date Published: January 28, 2014
Author: David Brown