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Helpful Holiday Safety TIps

Helpful Holiday Safety TIps

Posted By The Dunnion Law Firm || 22-Dec-2014

The holiday season is in full swing, and our San Jose personal injury lawyers at The Dunnion Law Firm would like to wish everyone safe and happy holidays. Although this time of year is one in which we enjoy our celebrations, it's also one that poses unique risks and dangers.

As a firm that's been serving injured victims and families since 1975, we've handled thousands of accident cases, including those that involve common holiday accidents and injuries. Below, we've compiled some helpful safety tips that can help keep you and your loved ones safe during the holidays!

Children's Toys

Toys are the perfect holiday gift for children, but they're not without their risks. According to a study from the Nationwide Children's Hospital, toys are responsible for sending children to the hospital every three minutes in the United States. To keep your kids safe, keep the following in mind:

  • Safety Recalls - Children's toys and products are recalled for safety issues all the time. You can check whether a specific toy is recalled by using online resources like the CPSC website (Consumer Product Safety Commission).
  • Product Reviews - You should always research toys and products before you buy them. Consumer reviews can help you spot a potentially dangerous product or one that may not be age appropriate for your child.
  • Follow Instructions - Make sure you always read instructions, age restrictions, and manufacturer guidelines before giving a toy to a child. You should also make sure they have a solid understanding of how to safely use the product.
  • Riding Toys - Researchers have found that riding toys cause more injuries to children than any other toy. If you're getting your child a scooter, bike, or tricycle, make sure they wear proper safety equipment and are comfortable riding before letting them loose.

Safe Driving

Traffic accidents increase dramatically during winter months. Here are a few tips to help keep yourself safe on public roads and highways.

  • Stay Sober - The holiday season sees a significant spike in alcohol-related accidents. Make sure you do your part to keep yourself and others safe by drinking responsibly, designating a sober driver, or planning a ride before you drink!
  • Be Prepared - If you're planning a road trip for the holidays, be prepared. Make sure your car is in proper shape and be sure to check the tires, windshield wipers, and brakes. Bring along blankets, water, and a cell phone just in case.
  • Know How to React - Be comfortable driving on wet or even snowy or icy roads. Practice driving in bad weather in an open lot and take the time to learn how to react if you skid. For example, experts recommend that if your car begins to skid, remove your foot from the gas and turn the wheel in the direction you want the car to go.

The Dunnion Law Firm hopes that these tips will help keep you and yours safe. If you have questions about your rights after an accident, our firm is here to help!

Categories: Personal Injury