As autumn establishes itself, thoughts turn to the festive season. For some people, the shopping and planning starts at the end of summer – just look at the range of Christmas gifts available in the supermarkets.
Holidays such as Christmas are a great time for family get-togethers, eating nice food, having a few drinks, and exchanging gifts. The gifts can be especially exciting for children, but it’s not unknown for grown-ups to be delighted with their new gadgets, either.
Unfortunately, this excitement could lead to an accident claim reaching the desk of an accident solicitor in West Somerset. At Accident Advice Helpline, it’s true that we deal only with cases where the person claiming was not responsible for their accident – but there are some things that you can do to lower your chances of getting injured.
Read on for some Christmas safety suggestions.
Tips for seasonal safety
1) Buy age-appropriate gifts. There are usually age suitability guidelines on the packaging, so you know what to buy if you’re not sure. Make sure the gifts comply with safety standards, too.
2) Be vigilant with respect to hazards that other gifts might present for children. Have any small parts, such as screws, fallen on the floor? Don’t end up in A&E with an injured toddler who put something in their mouth.
3) Put cards on display, by all means – but keep them away from candles and fires.
4) Buy plenty of batteries. When you get a gift that needs batteries, you often “borrow” batteries from other appliances. You might be tempted to take batteries out of a smoke alarm that might otherwise save your life. Don’t do it.
5) Keep clutter to a minimum. Gather up wrapping paper, ribbons, etc. from the floor and put it all in the bin. It’s amazing how much waste is generated over Christmas, and you don’t want to slip on some wrapping paper or shiny plastic packaging and fall over.
Not an exhaustive list
We cannot list everything that might be hazardous, so please do read more about Christmas-related hazards. There’s plenty of information available online, especially from RoSPA, whose information was invaluable in helping us with our tips above.
If you do get injured, you will need to seek medical attention as soon as possible, but when you feel ready, you should consider claiming compensation through an accident solicitor in West Somerset.
Do I qualify to claim through an accident solicitor in West Somerset?
If your accident led to injury and it was someone else’s fault, then yes, you most likely do qualify to claim.
You can get started with your claim by calling Accident Advice Helpline, which has a hotline that’s open 24/7 and fully staffed by professional advisers. If you are eligible to claim, your adviser will pass your details to one of our team of ‘no win, no fee*’ solicitors.
Our contact details are as follows:
- Dial 0800 689 0500 from a landline
- Dial 0333 500 0993 from a mobile
- Text “claim365” to 88010
We look forward to hearing from you.
Date Published: 3rd November 2014
Author: David Brown