Winter means different things to different people. For some, it’s dark and gray and full of snow and ice. For others, especially in the early winter between Thanksgiving and New Year’s, it’s a season of joy, family, and celebration. Whatever winter means for you, it’s also a season where there’s a lot of potential for accidents. There are a lot of house fires that occur this time of year, from cooking fires to Christmas tree and decoration fires.
What’s perhaps the most tragic is that the majority of accidents and injuries that occur this time of year can be easily avoided if people just engage a bit more vigilance and care in the way they approach their cooking and decoration. Read over some vital winter safety tips that you can employ to keep your family’s winter holiday season safe and happy, and avoid tragic accidents.
Whether it’s cooking, decorating or driving, there are two basic and all-encompassing winter safety tips you can follow that will vastly decrease your risk of a disaster this holiday season. Predominantly, it is critical to stay vigilant and exercise caution. If you stick to these two tips all the time, you’ll always be much safer.
A broad range of accidents occur in the kitchen every holiday season. To make sure that your cooking is delicious and not dangerous, follow a few basic and common-sense tips. First, don’t wear loose clothing or dangly jewelry around open flames. Never leave an open flame unattended, and don’t let grease accumulate on your stovetop. Check your food frequently, and keep anything remotely flammable away from the burners, including wooden utensils and pot holders.
Keep kids and pets out of the kitchen, and keep a fire extinguisher handy. It never hurts to double and triple check to make sure everything’s turned off, either!
You’d be amazed at how many house fires start from decorations. Keep your tree watered and away from open flame and heat sources, including heating ducts. Check your lights to be sure there are no empty sockets, broken bulbs or potential shorts. Use power strips with surge protectors, but don’t overload your circuits.
If you use candles, never leave them unattended, and keep them away from anything flammable. When you leave the house, turn out the lights! While a tree in the window is pretty, it’s also dangerous if unattended. If you’re doing decorations outside, double-check your light ratings. Lights are designated for indoor or outdoor use—never use indoor lights outside, or vice versa.
Sometimes, no matter how careful you are, someone else acts in an irresponsible or careless way, and that results in you getting hurt. If you’re seriously injured due to someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, your pain, and suffering, emotional trauma and damage to your relationships. For help with collecting on your injury case, call the attorneys at the Disparti Law Group for a free consultation regarding your case details today!