Author: Jay Howard
As we approach Thanksgiving, Christmas, and the New Year, the holiday hustle means getting ready for the celebrations that accompany this time of year. Now is the time to be on high alert. There are certain safety tips you should keep in mind when shopping, preparing, cooking, or entertaining. The last thing you want is to suffer an injury during the holidays.
Your health insurance may fully cover the costs of some injuries; however, if your injuries are fairly serious, and someone’s negligence was at least partly to blame for what happened, you will want to consider talking to Sami Tabbaa of Tabbaa Law. He will be able to help you pursue compensation from the party responsible for your injuries.
Kitchen Safety during the Holidays
Most people can agree that the food is one of the best parts of the holidays. Maintaining safety in the kitchen is not easy during the holidays. Distractions are more common, and large quantities of food need to be cooked. As a result, being vigilant is of paramount importance. The following are kitchen safety tips to follow this holiday season:
- Wash your hands before and after handling food, especially raw meat.
- When preparing meat and poultry, do not rinse it in the sink.
- Use a food thermometer to ensure that meat is cooked thoroughly.
- After everyone is finished eating, be sure to refrigerate any leftovers within two hours to avoid food-borne illness and food poisoning.
- Make sure to be cautious about fire, oil, and burn injuries, which are very common during the holidays.
- Test your smoke alarms before you begin cooking.
- Whenever you have something cooking on the stovetop, make sure that no small children can grab the handles and pull the item.
- Never leave the room when something is cooking on the stove.
The holidays should be enjoyed with family and friends, and you do not want an injury to ruin the festivities. Make sure you stay safe while still enjoying the merriment of the season.
Staying Safe While Decorating
Holiday decorations are as much a part of the holiday season as the food, parties, and gifts. Whether you’re just lighting a few candles and decorating the interior of your home or putting on a full-scale light show on the exterior of your house, your most important consideration should be your safety and the safety of others. The following are safety tips for your holiday decorating:
- Keep walkways clear of decorations and gifts throughout the home to prevent slip-and-fall accidents.
- When hanging decorations inside, use a stepladder instead of standing on furniture.
- When hanging lights on the outside of your house, have someone hold the ladder while you work and never try to move the ladder while you are on it.
- Check your decorative lights for frayed wires as these could cause a fire.
- Be sure to supervise children when hanging ornaments on the tree, especially if the ornaments are made of fragile glass.
- Never leave a candle burning when you are not in the room.
Decorating for the holidays can be a lot of fun, but it can also be dangerous. You should always follow the above safety tips to ensure that you and your loved ones are safe.
Safe Traveling Tips
Traveling to holiday gatherings is another common feature of this time of year. As you travel this holiday season, make sure to keep the following tips in mind:
- Keep an emergency kit in your car in case you get stuck in the snow.
- Ensure that all passengers are using their seatbelts.
- Take breaks as often as they are needed. Driving while you are tired is dangerous.
- If traveling to areas prone to snow and ice, be sure you understand how to drive in those conditions.
- Be sure your cell phone stays charged in case of an emergency.
- Scan the road for debris while driving so that you can react in time.
- Keep a safe distance between your car and the car ahead of you, especially in wintry conditions.
You want your holiday travel plans to unfold without a hitch. While you cannot control the actions of other drivers on the road, you can do everything in your power to stay alert and stay safe.
Contact the Experienced Atlanta Personal Injury Attorney at Tabbaa Law Today
The holiday season is a festive time of year filled with traditions and family gatherings. At Tabbaa Law, we want you to have a happy and safe holiday season. If you or a loved one suffer an injury during this time, Sami Tabbaa will fight for the compensation you deserve. For a free case review, you can call (770) 370-7881 or fill out our contact form to discuss your legal options.Personal Injury