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Common Holiday Accidents


The holiday season consists of festive gatherings with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and long vacations away from home. However, the most wonderful time of the year is often the busiest, which can result in people letting their guard down and suffering injuries in accidents.

What Are the Most Common Holiday Accidents?

The following are some of the most common holiday accidents:

  • Falls while decorating – Many people love to get into the holiday spirit by decorating their houses. Unfortunately, falls while decorating are one of the most common holiday accidents every year. In a report by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorating was the main cause of an estimated 15,000 injuries in emergency rooms throughout the country during November and December 2012 – with 34 percent of these injuries involving falls. Holiday decorators fall from ladders, roofs, stairs, furniture, and porches.

  • Fires – According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), U.S. fire departments responded to approximately 160 home fires that started with Christmas trees annually from 2015 until 2019. Nearly half of home Christmas tree fires are caused by electrical distribution (e.g., overloaded outlets or surge protectors) or faulty lighting equipment, while one-fifth of these fires are caused by a candle or other heat source too close to the tree. Other common causes of holiday fires include holiday decorations and holiday cooking.

  • Car accidents – Many people embark on road trips during this time of year. However, inclement weather conditions, heavy traffic, and driving through unfamiliar terrain can lead to a crash. Additionally, many holiday gatherings involve alcohol consumption, which is why there is also an increase in drunk driving accidents from the end of November until New Year’s Day. Other common causes of holiday car accidents include distracted driving, fatigued driving, and stressed driving, which can lead to road rage.

  • Back injuries – From hanging up decorations and lugging your family’s gifts to setting up the Christmas tree and hauling heavy luggage during your travels, there are many activities that can result in a back injury.

  • Electric shock – Not only can overloaded extension cords lead to fires, but it can also cause electrical injuries. Electric shocks can lead to thermal burns and even cardiac arrest. Additionally, exposed and frayed wires are other main causes of electrical shock.

Safety Precautions to Take When Decorating for the Holidays

If you plan on decorating the inside and outside of your home, ensure you use ladders and stepladders properly. For more ambitious decorations, you may want to hire professional help to avoid injury.

If you have been injured in an accident caused by negligence in Tampa Bay, FL, contact Paulsen Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation. We are ready to protect your rights and best interests!

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