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Stay Safe This Holiday Season with These Safety Tips!

 

5 Safety Tips to Keep in Mind this Holiday Season

The holidays are nearly here! Though it’s a wonderful time of the year, it can also be a hectic time of the year. Between holiday parties, fighting the crowds to shop and entertaining out-of-town guests, most people barely have a chance to breathe during the holiday season.

The holidays are meant to be fun, which is why here at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood we want to take the time to remind you to take extra safety measures during this time of year! The fun of the holidays is sure to be compromised if an unforeseen accident occurs. Fortunately, we have gathered a few tips to follow to ensure everybody’s safety — and fun — this holiday season!

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1. Always Have a Sober Driver.

With holiday parties galore, there are sure to be a few festive holiday cocktails to tempt you at every corner. It’s ok to indulge (as long as you’re of age!); just make sure you have a sober driver lined up ahead of time. An NHTSA study from 2001-2005 found that 38% of the traffic fatalities during the Christmas period involved a drunk driver or motorcycle rider, and 41% during the New Year’s period. Even after one drink, it’s best to just not drive. Make a plan to either stay sober, or to have a sober driver, and stick to it.

2. Shop In the Early Hours.

Still have last minute shopping to do? Plan to go in the early morning hours when the shopping malls are less crowded. With more visitors coming to shopping centers during the holidays, traffic issues are heightened and accidents may be more likely to occur. Park far away from the door to avoid a cluster of traffic in the parking lot, and make sure you look extra carefully for pedestrians out and about.

3. Prepare Ahead of Time for a Road Trip.

Road trippin’ to see family and friends during the holidays? Make sure your car is well-prepared to battle long bouts of traffic, long distances and potential winter weather. According to Forbes, “not only are there more people on the road during the holidays, but, for Christmas at least, they’re driving longer as well. While the average Thanksgiving road trip is 214 miles, the average Christmas or New Year’s trip [is] 275 miles.” AAA suggests having an emergency kit on hand, in case of unforeseen circumstances, along with several other tips for staying safe on the road. And, if you have to have music to keep you awake, choose it in advance to avoid distracted driving. We like this road trip playlist from Spotify, and with more than 13 hours worth of music, you won’t have to worry about thumbing through to find the next great song!

4. Know Your Babysitter.

Thinking of hiring a babysitter to enjoy a date night with your spouse, finish up your shopping or, perhaps, attend the neighborhood holiday party you’ve been looking forward to all year? Babysitters are a great way to get some quality time to yourself, but leaving your child in the hands of someone else also comes with risks. If you’re going to hire a babysitter, try to hire someone you already know, and if nobody you know is available, ask the new sitter to come over and meet you and your child the day before they are scheduled to babysit. Also, always be sure, whether you know the sitter well or not, to leave a list of emergency contacts and any other important information (such as food allergies, illnesses, etc.) that they should know. Read more babysitter safety tips here!

5. Check for Recalls Before Playing Santa.

Toys and other children’s products are recalled all the time, and it’s important to be aware of any harm that a product could cause your child. Be sure to regularly check up on recent recalls in case anything you give your child, or that your child receives from somebody else, has been recalled. Also, take extra precaution with young children around small parts or plastic packaging when putting together any gift that needs assembly.

Again, the holidays are meant to be a joyous time of the year, and most of the time they are! We don’t put these tips together to scare you, but simply to remind you to take extra precaution during this heightened time of the year. Should any unfortunate accident occur during the holiday season, do not hesitate to call on the experienced professionals at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood. We are available to help you when you need it.

On behalf of the entire staff at the Law Office of D. Hardison Wood in Cary, NC, we wish you and your family a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year! Thank you for your continued support in 2014, and we look forward to a great 2015!

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