It’s comical when you see it in the movies, but not so much when it happens in your own living room. What are we talking about? Slipping and falling while decorating for the holidays. It’s not unusual for neighbors to try to outdo one another, or even for people to try to outdo what they did themselves the year before.
You may think it could never happen to you, but thousands of people end up in emergency rooms each year due to slips and falls and other decorating accidents. If you don’t want the focus of your decorating to end up being your injury, pay attention to the tips below. We have put together some of the most common decorating accidents and how you can avoid them.
How in the world would you slip down the stairs if you were only decorating? We can’t answer that question, but we can tell you that it happens. Perhaps people are hanging precariously while decorating banisters. Maybe they are walking backwards and miss a step. No matter the cause, this is a common accident during the holiday season. If you are decorating your staircase or carrying boxes from one floor to the next, be careful.
If you have little ones, chances are high that they will be getting some new toys for the holidays. These toys may end up laying in unexpected places. Pay attention to where you are walking so you don’t end up tripping over one of these new gifts. Likewise, cords laying in places where they aren’t typically found can present a hazard. If you hang lights in the home or other type of decorations that require electricity, tuck cords up against baseboards.
Hanging lights high on the gutters, putting up a heavy tree or even lugging boxes of decorations in and out can cause a strain on your back. Be mindful of how you are carrying heavy items and remember to use your knees when bending and picking things up. A back strain may not require hospitalization, but it could very well put a damper on your holiday celebrations.
You may be surprised at how many people cut themselves on their packages as they are opening gifts. When you are wrapping presents for your loved ones, make sure that the packaging doesn’t contain any sharp edges or large staples. Your friends and family are going to be excited to open the gifts you give and may not necessarily be paying attention to where they are putting their fingers.
You know what a pain it is to check all of the lights before you hang them up. It’s equally burdensome untangling the darn things before you can check them. Both are important things to do. People each year seek medical treatment because of electrical shocks.
Before you hang your lights, take the time to untangle them and check for frayed or split wires. Plug them in and be sure all bulbs are working and you don’t see any sparking along the cord. Not only could you get shocked, but you could very well start a fire if you don’t take just a few minutes to check things out.
Trees are a part of the holiday decor for so many people, but they can be very dangerous. Trees can fall and they can catch fire. If you aren’t sure if your tree is sturdy, do take the time to check. If you think the tree may be getting a bit dry, turn off the lights and make sure it has plenty of water. A gorgeously decorated tree can be the centerpiece of your holiday decorating, but trees can be hazardous, especially if they’re dry.
You want people to talk about your decor this holiday season, not your comical injury. Keep in mind that while it may be comical to other people, your injury could cause you more grief than you anticipated during the holidays. You certainly don’t want to spend the bulk of your holiday recovering from an injury that could have been avoided. Use the tips above to ensure that your decorating goes off without a hitch — or an injury.
If you are injured in a slip and fall accident in Port St. Lucie this holiday season, you may have legal rights to compensation if someone else is at fault for your accident. Reach out to our team of experienced personal injury attorneys today for more information about your legal options following an injury accident. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages and more. Call our office today to schedule an appointment for a free case evaluation or browse our website for more information about our firm and the types of cases we handle.