The holiday season is a time for cozy fires, celebrations, homemade food and decorations. Unfortunately, all of these perks come with some serious fire risks. Thankfully, officials with Cal Fire are here with some insight that can help to keep everyone safe during this joyous time of year.
Our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys understand that there are close to 13,000 people who wind up in an emergency room because of holiday lights each year. These injuries are oftentimes the result of falls, burns, shocks and cuts, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Holiday Decoration Safety Tips:
Never leave burning candles unattended. Make sure they're blown out before tucking in for the night or before departing the house. You also never want to place them near anything that could catch on fire. Place them away from all pets and children. Before you even light them, you should place them in a non-tip candleholder. Most commonly, fires are likely to start in the bedroom, followed by living rooms, bathrooms and kitchens. Consider using artificial candles instead of the real thing. It gives off the same look but comes with a lot less risk.
When putting up holiday lights, you want to make sure that indoor lights are kept inside and outdoor lights are kept outside. Make sure that all of your lights have been marked by an independent testing laboratory. Examine all lights before putting them up. You want to make sure that none of the lights are cracked and none of the cords are frayed. It's also important that you don't overload electrical sockets. Lastly, make sure that all lights are turned off before you leave your home and before you go to bed. If needed, install timers on your holiday lights to ensure that they go off.
In the Kitchen:
With as much time as you're going to probably be cooking, you need to be extra careful in the kitchen. You're probably going to have many dishes going on at once. Keep pot handles away from children. Appliance cords to devices should also be kept put away and away from children. Don't leave them dangling out. If you experience a grease fire, remember to put it out by putting a lid over the pot or the pan. You never want to use water. Lastly, when cooking up those holiday goods you don't want to wear any kind of baggy or loose clothing and always remember to use potholders. Happy cooking!
You want to prepare for the worst, but plan for the best holiday season ever. Make sure you test out all of your smoke detectors in your home to make sure they're working properly. Install new batteries in them. Also make sure that everyone in your family knows how to call the fire department and knows the current escape plan for your home. Preparation is the best way to avoid any serious accidents or injuries over the holiday season!
If you or a loved one has been injured in a holiday accident, contact HOWARD LAW P.C. for a free and confidential consultation to discuss your case. Call (800) 872-5925 today!
National Safety Council Estimates 287 US Traffic Deaths During the 3-Day Christmas Period, California Injury Lawyers, December 24, 2011
California Products Liability: WATCH Warns Against "10 Most Worst Toys" of 2011, California Injury Lawyers, December 21, 2011