The holiday season is filled with festive and bright decorations, but caution is essential to making sure that your decorations do not interfere with your holidays being merry and bright. Taking simple precautions when putting up your festive lights and decorations can keep you free from broken bones, burns, lacerations, and other personal injuries that can spoil your holiday.
Safety for Live Cut Trees
When bringing live cut trees into your home, be sure that they are healthy and green. Fresh water should be added to the tree stand daily to keep the needles from drying out. Keeping live trees away from heating vents, fireplaces, and lit candles will also help prevent them from drying out. Following basic safety measures with a live tree in your home will significantly reduce the risk of fire and burn injuries.
Use Care With Indoor and Outdoor Lights
When using lights as part of your indoor and outdoor decorations, buy only electrical components that have the Underwriter Laboratories (UL) certification stamp. UL certified products meet strict safety regulations set forth by Underwriter Laboratories. Faulty wires on holiday lights and decorations are responsible for many house fires each year. LED illuminated ornaments are a safe alternative to hard wired decorations used indoors.
Extreme caution should be used with electric decorations so that circuits are not overloaded. Extension cords should never have more than three sets of lights feeding into them. There are extension cords made specifically for outdoor use that should be used for inflatable decorations and outside lights. These cords should only be plugged into circuits with ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) to prevent electric shock.
Your lighting and outdoor decorations need to be securely fastened to avoid detachment during inclement weather or high winds. Flying debris can damage property and cause serious injury to visitors, pedestrians, and animals. Plastic safety clips are available that securely attach light strands to shingles and gutters without having to resort to staples or nails that can expose live wires. Be sure to keep extension cords and wires out of traffic areas and off driveways and sidewalks to avoid trips and falls.
Philadelphia Personal Injury Lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC Help Injured Victims Claim Compensation
The holidays are a special time of year, but they can also be dangerous. If you or someone you know has been injured by the carelessness or negligence of another, we can help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to receive. The Philadelphia personal injury lawyers at McCann Dillon Jaffe & Lamb, LLC are committed to helping clients seek the justice and compensation they deserve.
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