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    Esther Rantzen

    Precautions to take in an electrical storm


    An electrical storm in the UK is likely to be less severe than these storms can be in some other countries. There is, however, still a risk of injury if you go out in an electrical storm. Risks an electrical storm poses You could, for instance, be: Struck by lightning Hit by falling or flying masonry, branches or other….

    Coping with the retail crowds on Boxing Day


    You’ve crawled out of bed, managed to shake off the Christmas evening slump and are ready to tackle the retail crowds on Boxing Day. But, did you know that the rush of the sales can, in fact, lead to some serious retail-related injuries? From slips, trips and falls, to crushed and bodies and fellow-shopper violence,….

    Potential accidents in Oxford Circus on Christmas Eve


    Wherever you go around the festive season you are battling with crowds of people Christmas shopping and soaking up the holiday atmosphere. This is especially true in the country’s capital, London. One such location that could be the cause of potential accidents is Oxford Street. What type of accidents could happen in Oxford Circus on Christmas….

    Survivor guide: Attending Christmas Eve carols


    Christmas Eve carols are a tradition in many UK households. Christmas Eve is one of the most exciting days of the year, but it can also be hectic and stressful; if you’re attending Christmas Eve carols this year, here are some tips to help you avoid slips, trips and falls and ensure you stay injury-free….

    What are the most common accidents on New Year’s Eve?


    What comes to mind when you think about New Year’s Eve? Perhaps you think of the big countdown to midnight, or the fireworks displays that often follow. Maybe you think of celebrating the New Year with the people you are closest to – friends and family, adults and children. It’s probably fair to say you….

    The busy drive out of London on Christmas Eve


    If conditions experienced by many drivers over the last couple of years are anything to go by, anyone leaving London on Christmas Eve is most likely to experience hold-ups or encounter a road traffic accident during the morning, as most roads tend to be far less busy in the afternoon. Driving out of London on….

    Surviving the holidays: Christmas


    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….

    If you suffer an injury at the work Christmas party, who is at fault?


    ContentsWhere do you stand legally after an accident at a work Christmas party?Examples of potential accidents that might happen at a work Christmas partyContact Accident Advice Helpline now to find out if you can claimMost of us look forward to the festive season, but this doesn’t apply in every situation. For example, one survey discovered….

    Coping with the traffic out of London for Christmas holidays


    Are you considering venturing out of London for Christmas Holidays, leaving behind the convenient comforts of the Big Smoke? If you are willing to give up the Tube connections and constant access to gingerbread lattes, then you’ve taken the first step in successfully moving out of London for Christmas Holidays. Slips, trips and falls in….

    Driving New Zealand’s roads during the Festive season


    Driving New Zealand’s roads may seem like an easier task than some countries, mainly because they drive on the same side as us. But different roads, regulations and hazards can create a road traffic accident for even the most experienced of drivers. One such time of the year where car crashes may occur more frequently….

    Survivor Guide: Spending Christmas in Liverpool


    Voted the world’s fourth friendliest city and offering a wide range of excellent shopping venues, attractions and events, Liverpool is also generally described as a welcoming, safe city. This does, however, not mean that visitors do not need to be aware of the risk of accidents. Spending Christmas in Liverpool Transformed into a magical wonderland….

    Driving from London to Norwich for the festive season


    Driving during the festive season through the cold, ice and often wet roads can be hazardous at the best of times but some routes are more accident prone then others. One such area which can be prone to road traffic accidents due to the sheer weight of traffic is London and the surrounding areas. One….

    The most dangerous places to spend the Christmas break


    Christmas is a time to spend with families, giving and receiving gifts, eating, drinking and generally having a good time. However, like all occasions, accidents can and do happen during this season, so what are some of the most dangerous places to spend the Christmas break? On the slopes – potential travel accident Many people….

    What are the most common accidents in Australia?


    If you want to travel to the other side of the world from the UK, then Australia may be the ideal location. However, no-one’s impervious to accidental injury whilst being on holiday so here are the most common accidents in Australia. Spider and animal bites – a common travel injury Some of the most common….

    Riding a bicycle during the winter months


    No matter the season, riding a bicycle is hazardous, with a consistent risk of experiencing a road traffic accident. That being said, adverse weather conditions during the winter months can increase the health and safety risks involved with riding a bicycle, increasing the risk of road accidents for cyclists. Safely riding a bicycle in winter….

    What are the most common snow-related accidents?


    In the UK we don’t have snow that often but when we do the country seems to come to a standstill. Public transport stops, airports shut and so do schools. Snow is the perfect excuse for a day off for adults and children alike. However, like all weather conditions there are certain accidents related to….

    Is it more dangerous to drive in sleet or snow?


    ContentsBe alert to other drivers and people around youReduced visibilityWhich is more dangerous when driving, sleet or snow?Have you been injured in a car accident that you didn’t cause?Most people are wary of driving in bad weather. It’s reasonable to think it is dangerous to drive in sleet or snow, since visibility will be worse….

    What are the most common accidents when sailing?


    Strange as it may seem, it appears that the most common accidents when sailing are slips, trips and falls, closely followed by being hit by objects. Causes of these common accidents when sailing Slips and trips are usually caused by wet or cluttered surfaces. Injuries by falling overboard, near-drownings and drownings are often the result….

    The dangers of going ice skating


    Going ice skating can be an enjoyable and exciting adventure. If performed correctly and under supervision, ice skating is, relatively speaking, a very safe sport. However we at Accident Advice Helpline know that accidents can happen at any place and any time. Here are some of the potential dangers of going ice skating. Slips, trips….

    The biggest hazards when walking the street in snow


    Winter weather can make life extremely difficult and dangerous for everyone. For those walking the street in snow, the biggest hazard is the risk of slips, trips and falls. Risks of walking the street in snow In addition to snow and ice presenting people walking the street in snow with the risk of potentially serious….

    Hazards in winter that don’t exist during summer


    Of course, in Great Britain, we don’t experience the extremes in weather conditions that you see in other parts of the world. That being said, although it has been known to snow in spring on these isles, there are hazards in winter that are far less prevalent during the summer months. We might see slips,….

    Sustaining an injury whilst ice skating at an organised festival


    The festive period is looming and many of us are planning to attend organised festivals and Christmas-themed events in the run-up to the big day. Ice skating is a major attraction in the winter months and while it can be exhilarating and exciting, it can also be dangerous. If you are tempted by ice skating….

    Dangers when putting up Christmas decorations on your roof


    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….

    Hazardous Christmas decorations around the house


    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….

    Dangerous Christmas decorations


    When putting up your Christmas decorations you don’t often realise the potential dangers. If you aren’t careful you could sustain a slip, trip or fall injury or worse. Which are the most dangerous Christmas decorations? When you buy Christmas decorations you don’t think about the potential hazards that can be caused if you don’t use….

    Beating that Christmas panic


    The weeks and days before Christmas can be exceptionally stressful for anyone, but employees in supermarkets, independent and department stores are at particular risk of falling victim to that pre-Christmas panic. Christmas panic consequences Often asked to work extra hours during the period leading up to Christmas to ensure shelves are kept stocked and floors….

    Accidents more common at Christmas than any other time


    It has long been an accepted fact that the winter season increases the risk of many accidents and injuries, but in fact, there are accidents more common at Christmas and during the surrounding period. From accidental food poisoning, to trips over the many wires adorning the Christmas tree, we take a look at five accidents….

    What are the five most dangerous gifts to give at Christmas?


    When considering what festive treats to buy family and friends, it is highly unlikely that you consider ‘dangerous gifts to give at Christmas’. Yet, it appears that there are a myriad of hazards from slips, trips and falls to toxic poisoning looming in even the most innocent-looking presents. Five of the worst dangerous gifts to give….

    Most common accidents whilst celebrating the New Year


    New Year’s Eve is a highlight in the calendar for many people, but it can also be a very dangerous time of year. Statistically, accidents are more common during the festive period and the last thing you want is to be ushering in the New Year from a hospital bed following a slip, trip or….

    The most common Christmas Day accidents


    Christmas Day is a time for family gatherings, presents, food, reflection and religion. For many it is a time where they are driving from one family member to another’s house. However, the most common Christmas Day accidents can often occur on the roads. Why does one of the common Christmas Day accidents take the form….

    The most crowded areas in the UK on New Year’s Eve


    Christmas is fast approaching and before we know it, we’ll be counting down and welcoming in the New Year. For many, New Year is a chance to get together with friends and family and celebrate; if you’re planning to party the night away or you’re looking for inspiration for a great location to bring in….

    Things to be careful of when cooking Christmas lunch


    Christmas lunch is perhaps the meal which we most look forward to throughout the entire year. It’s the time of year when even the strictest dieter throws caution to the wind in order to enjoy a magnificent banquet in the company of loved ones. Whether it’s the traditional turkey and Brussels sprouts with liberal lashings….

    Avoiding injury when going to see fireworks on New Year’s Eve


    In spite of firework safety rules, regulations and warnings, emergency services regularly report an increase in often severe personal injuries following New Year’s Eve celebrations involving fireworks. Even spectators at organised events are not entirely safe from the risk of sustaining accidental injuries. Avoiding injuries during New Year’s Eve fireworks While responsible organisers will do….

    Survivor Guide: Westminster during the festive season


    The city of Westminster is, without a doubt, one of the most spectacular sights on earth during the festive season. Whether it’s witnessing the joy and euphoria of the Christmas tree being switched on in Trafalgar Square or enjoying a sublime choir performance at a service in Westminster Abbey, there is no shortage of traditional….

    The dangers of having a real Christmas tree


    Buying an artificial Christmas tree is a continuously growing trend among Britons. There are a number of advantages to having an artificial Christmas tree over having a real Christmas tree, not least the economic benefits of reusing an artificial tree. However, despite the advantages of having an artificial Christmas tree, many people still incline towards….

    Survivor guide: Edinburgh Festival


    Every year, thousands of people descend on the city of Edinburgh to enjoy the world-famous Edinburgh Festival. If you’re busily planning your 2016 trip, it’s worth bearing in mind some safety pointers in order to reduce your risk of accidents in a public place, such as slips, trips and falls, and ensure you remain injury-free….

    Are Christmas lights okay to put outside?


    Whether it is okay to put Christmas lights outside depends on the type of lights in question and their overall condition. Types of Christmas lights The two main types of lights are indoor and outdoor lights. It is far from safe to place sets meant for indoor use into outdoor positions, as their insulation is….

    Survivor Guide: Skiing in Switzerland at Christmas


    There’s a chill in the air, the nights are drawing in and soon, it will be time to put the tree up and light the Advent candle: Christmas is coming! If you’re planning a winter holiday and you’re hitting the slopes this festive period, here are some top tips to help you prevent travel accidents….

    Survivor guide: Black Friday sales


    Most of us would admit to loving a bargain and the Black Friday sales has become something of a phenomenon. Arriving in the UK from America, last year’s scenes of crowds gathering to grab cut-price products at department stores and supermarkets in the run-up to Christmas made the national news and the front pages of all….

    Can you use fireworks bought for bonfire night at another time?


    November is noted for bonfire night and schools and local authorities all over the country put on spectacular shows to celebrate; although Bonfire Night is a great chance to get together and have fun watching the beautiful fireworks, there is a risk of danger and if you’ve been injured in a public place, you may….

    Most common firework injuries during Bonfire Night


    Bonfire Night is the night we remember the actions of Guy Fawkes when he and his co-conspirators tried to blow up the Houses of Parliament in London. That’s why the night is also sometimes referred to as Guy Fawkes’ Night. If he were here today, he would no doubt warn all of us of the….

    Survivor guide: The ‘Cyber Monday’ sales


    Cyber Monday sales happens every December just after America’s Thanksgiving weekend. This event started in America but has since become popular in other countries. Whilst it is a safer event than those that happen in store as you do not have to shove or push your way through the crowds there are still certain things….

    How can I stop slip accidents in icy conditions?


    Wintry weather conditions are responsible for a great deal of slip accidents. In order to prevent slip injuries in icy conditions, you should consider some or all of the measures described below. Gritting Areas likely to be icy and cause slip related injuries should be gritted, preferably in the early evening or first thing in….

    The most common injuries during autumn


    While we often consider winter and summer as accident-rife seasons due to extremes in weather conditions, injuries during autumn aren’t uncommon and are caused by myriad incidents. Common injuries during autumn While slips, trips and falls on ice is a typical winter hazard, and sunstroke and sunburn are rife during the warmer months of the….

    Summer vacation guide: North Norfolk


    North Norfolk is a great summer holiday destination; it has plenty of exhibitions, festivals and things to do to keep you and the little ones busy. Avoid slips, trips and falls on the cliffs North Norfolk borders a beautiful coastline which can be a great day out but you need to be careful near the….

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