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More Holiday Safety Advice

This is a great time of year. The holidays are just around the corner and it's a time for buying gifts and visiting friends and loved ones. It's also a time to take extra caution when going about your holiday activities. I've previously discussed some helpful tips for traveling safely this year, but I also want to mention a few more safety tips that can protect you and your family from serious injury.

When you are out shopping this season expect stores to be more crowded and employees to be busier. This also means that general store maintenance may be neglected and hazards such as spills and small objects on the floor will remain for longer periods of time. Slippery floors or small items in walkways can cause you to slip or trip and fall. Most large stores have hard tile floors and even a minor slip and fall can lead to serious injury. If there is snow or ice outside, walkways might not be cleared right away, so take a few extra seconds to watch for ice or slippery conditions. Making yourself aware of your surroundings may save you from a serious slip and fall injury.

If you are attending any holiday parties this year, keep in mind dangerous accidents can occur anywhere. Deck collapses can be very serious and often occur at large get-togethers when there are a lot more people than average crowded on the deck. If you have young children, keep an eye out for attractive nuisances i.e swimming pools or broken playground equipment which are attractive to children but can be very dangerous. This applies in stores as well. This time of year stores and malls have Santa displays with lots of fun decorations. These are usually meant for display only, but children may be tempted to climb and play on them. Though it is the stores' responsibility to keep children away from dangerous displays and decorations, they seldom do more than put up a sign.

The holidays are a time of joy and peace. Nobody ever wants to be injured in an accident, and this is especially true during this time of year. If you or a loved one do get injured in a store, mall, shopping center, neighbor's house, or anywhere else this season, call The Berry Law Group. We know that money can be tight for some people around the holidays and you shouldn't have the additional worry of who will pay your medical bills.

Kimberly A. Berry

Kimberly A. Berry, Esq. is a Dean's Scholar Vanderbilt University law school graduate. She has served as lead counsel in over 100 trials and motions. Ms. Berry is dedicated to fighting hard for her clients.


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