At Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP, we want everyone in our communities to have a wonderful holiday season full of joy, family, and sharing. In order to make certain your holiday remains cheerful, you have to keep yourself and your family safe. Unfortunately, there are some hazards that become more prevalent each year during the holidays. With a little foresight and carefulness, though, you should be able to avoid them.
Three holiday safety hazards you need to be aware of are:
- Increased traffic and drunk driving: The roads around Los Angeles and the rest of the country get more crowded during the holidays. People are traveling near and far to see friends and family. Companies also increase product shipments, which puts more commercial trucks on highways. Furthermore, holiday parties mean people are drinking, losing track of their drink count, and drinking and driving. Be especially careful whenever you get behind the wheel and be ready for an increased traffic flow.
- House fires: Ask any fire department official about the worst danger in the holidays and they will surely tell you about house fires. Everyone loves getting cozy with a fireplace they do not use any other time of the year. Plenty of people also like decorating with lit candles or fully-loaded Christmas trees. Without proper precautions, open flames and holiday lights can trigger a dangerous house fire. Never leave a lit candle unattended, keep your Christmas tree well hydrated, and get a professional to inspect your fireplace and chimney before you use it for the first time in the season.
- Children’s toy defects: Parents need to remain vigilant whenever they give their child a holiday gift. Product defects and unsafe designs can pose serious dangers to young children. Double check every toy for possible choking, shock, laceration, or lead poisoning hazards.
If you or someone in your family is injured in an accident this holiday season, then you need to consider how you may be able to seek compensation from the liable party. Car accidents caused by negligent drivers, house fires caused by defective lighting, and child injuries caused by dangerous toys can all be met with personal injury claims. For guidance, representation, and moral support throughout your claim, come to Lessem, Newstat & Tooson, LLP and speak with our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys about your options. We have more than half a century’s worth of experience to put to good use for your case.
Call us at (800) 462-7160 any hour of the day, any day of the week to begin with a free initial consultation.