Whatever holiday or special occasion you are celebrating, if you are planning to decorate your home this autumn and winter seasons, you may be the victim of the following common injuries associated with putting up decorations: back injuries, tripping, slipping, falling, burning, choking, cutting, getting an electric shock, as well as many others.
Injuries can arise at any moment, so take precautionary measures to reduce injuries and accidents, here are some examples:
- Watch out for extension / power cords, especially in high foot traffic areas. They are a potential trip and fall accident. Place them in corners or areas where people do not walk around much.
- Try not to overload sockets. You may leave yourself to potential electric shock.
- Clutter and any type of debris is another example of a trip / slip and fall injury. Make sure hallways, stairs and foyers are clean and clear of any obstacles and special event decorations, especially shattered glass and small sharp pieces. Both adults and kids can get cuts and children can swallow these dangerous pieces.
- Putting up decorations on trees, outside / inside of the house, staircases, chimney’s, etc. is not as easy as it looks. Affixing lights, pop-up streamers, staircase decorations, and other ornaments especially in high-up places can be potentially dangerous. Use a step-ladder, instead of an unstable chair, stacked books or boxes. Always ask for help when climbing a ladder.
- Remember to lift properly by using your legs and knees, not your back. Never bend with straight legs. Read our previous article on how to properly lift light and heavy loads.
- Never leave candles or oil burners unattended. Make sure they are placed in appropriate containers or holders. This is to ensure fire hazards and serious burns are eliminated.
- Some Christmas plants are poisonous, make sure you keep these out of the reach of children and pets. Some cause hallucinations, severe stomach cramps and diarrhea. If accidently consumed, immediately call your doctor or emergency services.
- Overall holiday and special events stress includes lack of sleep, constant work, shopping, dealing with relatives and drinking too much alcohol, etc. Make sure you have adequate help with household chores and try to organize and plan beforehand as to not work in chaos.
Be sure to follow the same precautions when taking down dÃ©cor. Follow these important safety tips to avoid back injuries and other injuries while clearing special event decorations. With these safety precautions and a little more care and planning, most accidents and injury can be avoided.
However, if you do experience an injury such as strained or pulled muscles, or back pain you can treat it with an anti-inflammatory, and you may want to call your doctor if the pain persists. Or, if you or someone gets hurt from an ornament, electric cord or faulty lights in a way you did not expect, you may be able to file a products liability lawsuit to cover your injuries. Call MFA LAW, Morici, Figlioli and Associates at 312-372-9600.
Lastly, never drink and drive.
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The above suggestions are for general guidance only and should not be relied upon as instructions for rendering medical help or advice. They are based solely on illustrative purposes. Morici, Figlioli & Associates (MFA LAW) does not make any warranty, expressed or implied for any products or suggestions mentioned, or any techniques or practices described.