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    Avoiding slips, trips and falls during the Christmas period


    Christmas can undoubtedly be the most magical time of year, though it is dependent on a number of things, the core of which are:

    –  Good food

    –  Good company

    –  Good health

    The first two you have a relatively large amount of control over. However, accidents can strike at any time and slips, trips and falls in public can soon turn your Christmas into a painful season where you are anything but jolly.

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    How can I avoid slips, trips and falls during the Christmas period?

    Fortunately, whilst you can never totally eliminate the threat of slips, trips and falls in public, there are a number of things you can do to at least minimise the risk.

    Clothing: The first step to public safety is ensuring that you are suitably dressed for the occasion. Say, for example, you are hitting the streets for some Christmas shopping. Comfort and practicality are the order of the day, particularly when it comes to shoes which should have good grip to cope with icy streets.

    Timing: Try and avoid peak times to prevent you from becoming lost in the crowd or suffering a trip or fall amongst the sprawling masses of festive shoppers. On the other hand, it’s always a good idea to have plenty of people around in the aftermath of public slips, trips and falls to help or raise the alarm.

    Don’t overdo it: Being laden down with shopping bags makes you far more vulnerable to a public accident. Whether it’s a case of falling from over-balancing, or causing an incident on the road due to not being able to move or react quickly enough, too much shopping is too big a risk to take.

    Have a plan: Knowing where you want to go and when will help you keep focused and enable you to complete your tasks both safely and quickly. Wandering around lost increases the chances of suffering a trip or fall.

    What can I do if I suffer slips, trips and falls at Christmas?

    Shops are responsible for the safety of their customers. Likewise, local authorities have a responsibility to keep public areas such as streets safe for people to use.

    If you suffer a public trip or fall because of negligence, then call Accident Advice Helpline to see if you have a case for public accident compensation.

    From there, they can take your case on, on a no win, no fee basis.

    To discuss your claim with a member of their expert team dial 0800 689 0500 now.

    Date Published: January 9, 2014

    Author: David Brown

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