NEW YORK – Whether you’re wrapping lights around the tree or turning your building into a glowing spectacle, putting the sparkle in the holidays could put you in the emergency room if someone isn’t careful.
“It can be a beautiful time of year with all the lights and decorations around the city but it can also be dangerous,” Steve Barnes, a Brooklyn slip and fall attorney at Cellino & Barnes said. “Many people fall off ladders and some can get electrocuted while preparing for the holiday season.”
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, around 250 people suffer decoration-related injuries each day in the month of December. Most of the injuries involved falls (34%).
“Many businesses and agencies are decking the halls this time of year but it’s important for their employees to do this safely,” Barnes said. “Unfortunately, many employers don’t provide safe guidelines for their employees and without the proper safety protocols, the holidays can turn tragic.”
Brooklyn slip and fall attorneys urge everyone to use extreme caution when using a ladder to set-up adornments. However, falls aren’t the only accident decorators should be aware of.
Trees can be a fire hazard, if not watered properly.
Ornaments, lights and other decorations can also be hazardous to small children.
“Ornaments can break into sharp pieces and other decorations could pose choking hazards for kids,” Barnes said. “We want your holidays to be joyous and safe – but too often we an oversight can cause someone to get hurt.”
Lawyers and health advocates recommend putting safety on your checklist – and don’t set up decorations alone. A second hand could help prevent accidents from happening.
Brooklyn slip and fall lawyers say although the lights and the colors may look nice, it’s not worth a trip to the hospital.