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Common holiday injuries and public safety

Injuries happen every day, and during the holidays, the number of accidents increases. While some accidents occur due to personal error, others are due to the negligence of others.

Being aware of these common types of accidents may help you to avoid serious injury during the holidays. Take some time to review them and the set safety measures that should be in place.

Most common accident types

The holidays tend to draw big crowds to popular shopping destinations, and with them come increased chances of sustaining injuries. Over the years, such crowding has resulted in severe injury and even wrongful deaths of store workers and patrons. Along with the dangers of the crowds, cold and rainy weather in the winter season can lead to increases in slips and falls both inside and outside various businesses.

Safety measures

By law, stores and business have to provide safe environments for customers and employees. In fact, certain safety organizations, such as OSHA, provide safety measures and tips specifically regarding the holiday season. In addition to these measures, different businesses should follow additional safety practices to fit their specific needs.

Personal responsibility

Along with the safety measures that businesses must implement, there are a few safety measures you should keep in mind in regards to your holiday activities. Take your time and use proper apparatuses to hang decorations and ornaments, do not leave fires burning unattended and be careful when wrapping and storing gifts. When out on the road, stay mindful of increased traffic and possible out-of-town travelers, and be vigilant while traveling both near and far. 

It is ultimately up to you to keep yourself safe. Utilize appropriate measures and common safety practices. However, in the case you become involved in an accident due to another party's actions or lack thereof, consider your legal options for seeking the compensation you deserve.

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