What Small Business Owners Need to Know: Workplace Accidents

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Are you a small business owner?

Are you prepared for the risk of workplace incidents?

Although more workplace incidents occur in large manufacturing companies, the incident rate of workplace incidents is similar in both large and small businesses.  But small businesses typically don’t have the infrastructure in place to manage workplace incidents.  Thus, one safety incident can result in increased workers’ compensation insurance premiums, putting a major strain on a small business’ ability to maintain a competitive edge in the marketplace.  Additionally, workplace incidents reduce worker productivity and can negatively affect company morale.

What are common causes of workplace incidents?

Workplace incidents can be caused by a variety of factors ranging from fatigue to hazardous materials.  Here are a few of the more common causes:

  • Repetitive Movements – Leading to injuries and Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
  • Fatigue – Working beyond exhaustion, resulting in impaired judgement and lack of attention.
  • Stress — Causing distraction and a higher risk of making mistakes. Furthermore, stress increases risk of hypertension, heart attack, stroke, and other health problems.
  • Collisions — Moving quickly through hallways and colliding with another person or object, causing injuries, especially if carrying sharp objects or hot liquids.
  • Slips and Falls – Slip and fall injuries caused by slippery substances not properly cleaned up, objects left in walkways, or carpet or cords not properly secured.
  • Lifting Objects – Risking injury by lifting objects that are too heavy or without using proper lifting techniques/body positioning.
  • Hazardous Materials – Failure to use proper protection which may result in burns, explosions and health problems.
  • Falling Objects — Risking injury from falling objects on high shelves or cabinets.
  • Workplace Violence – Disgruntled employees or estranged spouses seeking revenge against another in the workplace.

Small business owners should lower workplace incident risks by:

  • Taking time to put proper workplace safety measures in place, installing proper signage, performing regular safety assessments, providing safety training, and being proactive with potential risks.
  • Preventing injuries by keeping common areas free of obstacles, keeping all areas well-lit, and cleaning up any spills quickly.
  • Working with staff to reduce repetitive stress movements by building breaks into the schedule, using ergonomic tools, and installing proper lighting.
  • Ensuring that workers wear proper protective clothing when working with hazardous materials.
  • Providing safety training and proper equipment so that employees doing heavy lifting are wearing back braces and using proper lifting techniques to protect against injury.
  • Training staff members how to reduce stress and avoid distraction that can cause workplace accidents.
  • Securing furniture and items on top so that objects won’t come tumbling down if the structure gets bumped.
  • Encouraging employees to think about safety, reminding employees to follow policies and procedures, and instituting incentives for focusing on safety.

In addition, prepare your business in the case of a workplace incident by:

  • Keeping a comprehensive first-aid kit that employees can quickly access in case of an injury.
  • Purchasing good insurance from a reliable agent.
  • Maintaining an incident report log with details in case there is ever a workers’ compensation claim.

The costs of workplace injuries for a small business can be significant, affecting productivity and the bottom line.  But taking the steps above will help you to provide a safer work environment that can drive productivity and employee morale.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

National Distracted Driving Awareness Month

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Research conducted by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that distracted driving is a major problem on our roadways, and statistics show that distracted driving is highest among newly-licensed drivers.

This is in line with research that shows 20% of drivers ages 18-20 and 30% of drivers ages 21-34 believe that texting does not affect their ability to drive.

These young people are misinformed.

Using a cellphone while driving affects the ability of the driver to focus on the critical task at hand – driving.

The National Safety Council (NSC) stresses that the ability to effectively multitask (cellphone + driving) is a myth:

“Driving and cell phone conversations both require a great deal of thought. When doing them at the same time, your brain is unable to do either well. For example, it’s nearly impossible to read a book and have a phone conversation. While driving, this often results in crashes due to delayed braking times and not seeing traffic signals.” [1]

The brain can only handle tasks one at a time, rather than simultaneously.  Since the brain moves quickly between the two different activities, it may seem as if we are performing multiple tasks at the same time.  But we aren’t.  And, there are costs associated with the reaction-time when switching focus between two or more activities.[2]

Preliminary studies indicate that drivers talking on a cellphone can miss 50% of the driving environment.  What do they miss?  Pedestrians, red lights, cyclists, signs, motorcycles.  If talking on a cellphone causes a driver to miss that much of the environment, just imagine what a driver who is texting will miss!

Multitasking while driving is distracted driving.

The month of April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, a month-long effort by the National Safety Council to raise awareness of the preventable deaths that are caused by distracted driving.

To learn more about what is known about the distracted brain, click here for the National Safety Council white paper on this topic.

For more information about Distracted Driving, visit the NSC site at http://www.nsc.org/

​​Make a commitment to drive safely by taking the pledge to drive distraction-free here.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

[1] http://www.nsc.org/learn/NSC-Initiatives/Pages/distracted-driving-research-studies.aspx

[2] http://www.nsc.org/DistractedDrivingDocuments/Cognitive-Distraction-White-Paper.pdf

National Poison Prevention Week

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Poison Prevention

Poison Statistics

According to the American Association of Poison Control Centers, each year there are over 2 million poisoning exposures reported to poison control centers throughout the United States.   Of these poisonings, over 90% occur at home.  And, not surprisingly, at least 50% of all poisonings occur in children under the age of 6.  Most fatal poisonings occur in adults, especially older adults.

National Poison Prevention Week

Over 50 years ago, the U.S. Congress established National Poison Prevention Week to raise awareness of the dangers of poisonings and how to help prevent them.  National Poison Prevention Week is an opportunity to highlight the dangers of poisonings for children, adults and the elderly as well as to encourage the community to get involved in poisoning prevention.

The 2018 National Poison Prevention Week takes place March 18-24.  Contact your local poison center (1-800-222-1222) to find out what activities are available in your area and how you can help.

National Poison Center

The National Poison Center is dedicated to helping individuals prevent and help with poison emergencies.  The center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and 365 days a year at 1-800-222-1222.  You can also visit www.PoisonHelp.hrsa.gov or click here to find the poison center serving your area.  For Spanish, visit www.PoisonHelpEspanol.hrsa.gov.  The website provides educational materials, information, and help for poisoning emergencies in 161 languages.

The National Poison Center is funded by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Click here for PoisonChecklist and Look-alike Poisoning.

 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Medication Mistakes

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Pharmacy errors with medication

Medication errors, which include errors in prescribing, dispensing, or providing medications, injure approximately 1.5 million people each year in the U.S.  Whether the physician mistakenly writes the prescription for the incorrect dosage or the pharmacy issues the medication to the wrong person, medication errors can be serious and life-threatening.

Some of the most common types of medication errors include:

Pharmacy Errors

In rare instances, the pharmacy may accidentally give a patient the wrong medication or the incorrect dosage.

Manufacturer Mislabeling

While the pharmacy typically adds their own label to the medication, there could be a labeling error either from the pharmacy or the manufacturer.

Hospital Equipment

In hospital or outpatient center settings, equipment may administer medications.  If the equipment isn’t functioning properly, it may be possible to incorrectly dispense the dose.

Adverse Side Effects

The Physicians and pharmacists should review any risks and potential side effects of medications with the patient prior to prescribing.  Without doing so, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions (i.e. certain foods may reduce the effectiveness of medications.)

Allergic Reactions

If the pharmacist or physician fails to check the patient’s medical history for allergies and prescribes a medication that the patient shouldn’t have, the patient can be at risk for adverse reactions.

Contraindications

Some medications are known to interfere with other medications.  Physicians must inquire about all current medications before prescribing a medication, ensuring there are no known adverse reactions with other medications that the patient is currently taking.

What You Can Do

If you take medications, we urge you to take an active role in your healthcare by asking your pharmacist or physician any questions you have about the medication, how it works, potential side effects, and contraindications.  In fact, you should reconfirm the dosage and medication with the pharmacist before ever leaving the pharmacy.

Here is a list of key questions you should ask whenever you are prescribed a new medication:

  • Can you confirm the name and correct dose for this medication?
  • Can you describe the appearance (i.e. small, purple and white pill)?
  • What does the medication do and when can I expect to see results?
  • What is the dose? What if I miss a dose or take too much?
  • What are potential side effects? Are there any counterindications with my other medications?
  • Are there any foods or activities I should avoid while taking this medication?

What should you do if you or a loved one is harmed from a medication mistake?

If you believe you or a loved one suffered from a medication error, seek medical attention first.  Then, take pictures of the medication, labels, and information related to the medication that may be helpful to build a case.  Next, contact a reputable personal injury attorney with experience handling medication error (medical malpractice) cases.

If the medication manufacturer, pharmacy, or prescribing physician is found to be negligent, the injured individual may receive fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, physical disability, or lost income that was a result of the medication mistake.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

What Small Business Owners Need to Know: Property Liability Lawsuits

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As a small business owner, you probably have your hands full directing your business, supervising employees, managing logistics, selecting the right vendors, and dealing with customers.

Unless your small business is a law office, chances are that property liability is probably not at the top of your list…in fact, it may not even be on your list… but it should be!

Here’s why!

Several studies across the insurance industry indicate that at least 40% of all small businesses will experience general or property liability claims within the next ten years.  That’s nearly half of all small businesses!

As a small business owner, you need to be aware of potential liabilities, and how to prevent and mediate them.

Here are the top 10 risks and liabilities for small businesses:

  • Burglary and Theft
  • Water and Freezing Damage
  • Fire Damage
  • Wind and Hail Damage
  • Customer Injury and Damage
  • Customer Slip and Fall
  • Product Liability
  • Reputational Harm
  • Vehicle Accident
  • Individual Hit by Object

When any of these claims arise, they can be costly.

As a small business owner, you need to take basic precautions to avoid claims and lawsuits.  Here are some suggestions to get started:

  1. Evaluate your potential risks and consider purchasing a basic commercial general liability insurance policy for as little as $500 that can cover up to $1 million. Select a reputable insurance agent who can help you determine the best insurance for your business.  Once you purchase insurance, reassess annually.
  1. Prevent injuries and liability claims by inspecting and monitoring workplace conditions.
  1. Detect and correct any potentially unsafe conditions in the workplace and around the office building. Be sure to prepare for snow, ice, flooding, or other dangerous conditions that could affect an employee or customer entering the workplace.  Your liability doesn’t end at the front door.
  1. Create policies and procedures so your employees will be on the lookout for unsafe conditions and correct them promptly.
  1. If any potential hazards can’t be resolved immediately, put out clear warning signs for all employees and customers.
  1. Conduct background checks on all employees prior to hiring.
  1. Create and update emergency plans annually for fires, hurricanes, and other natural disasters.
  1. Keep the building exterior clear of debris and equipment. If the weather is extremely cold, take precautions to avoid freezing pipes.
  1. Establish a safety program for employees that drive as part of their job.
  1. Ensure images or wording used in marketing materials, on your website or on social media are not copyrighted.
  1. Use good judgement when talking about competitors and other businesses. Reputational harm is a serious liability.

Finally, as your business expands, so will your potential liabilities.  It’s critical that you reassess and update your insurance policy as your business grows.

Putting the right insurance in place and establishing good policies and procedures in the workplace will position you to run a successful business!

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Ride Sharing Accidents (Uber/Lyft)

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Ridesharing Uber Lyft

Ridesharing services such as Lyft and Uber are garnering major market share over taxis.  Ridesharing services offer prompt, affordable transportation service that can be easily ordered and paid for via smart phone apps.  Riders can select the specific vehicles and drivers after reviewing driver ratings on the app.

It’s easy to find ridesharing services in most cities and towns throughout the United States.  Along with the ease of service and payment, ridesharing services make it so simple to catch a ride, they are expected to help reduce the number of drunk driving-related accidents and fatalities.

Ridesharing Service Accidents

While there are great benefits to using ridesharing services, driving safety and vehicle accidents are a concern.  Several Uber and Lyft drivers have been in accidents while transporting riders.

Who is Responsible?

If you are riding in a vehicle that was in a crash, the driver who caused the crash may be held responsible for any injuries to you or others because of the crash.

Uber and Lyft both have liability and uninsured motorist policies that will cover the passenger if the driver is at fault, or even if the driver is not at fault, but has insufficient coverage.

What to do if you were in a Lyft or Uber accident

If you were in an accident while riding in an Uber or Lyft vehicle or if you were hit by a ridesharing vehicle, we recommend you follow this protocol:

  • Call 911 immediately to request emergency medical services.
  • Once you leave the accident scene or the hospital, contact experienced attorneys such as Goldman and Daszkal, P.A. at (954) 428-9333 for a free consultation.
  • Avoid answering calls that are not from your ACTUAL LAWYER. Representatives may attempt to contact you.  DO NOT DISCUSS ANYTHING about the ACCIDENT.  Soliciting accident victims is illegal!
  • When you meet with your attorney, bring the photos, notes, witness contact information, case number, police accident report, and any communications you received from insurance companies. Additionally, bring any bills related to EMS, hospitals, healthcare professionals, medicines or medical treatment that you received since the accident as well as damage estimates or receipts from vehicle repairs.

The good news is that most Uber and Lyft contractors are safe drivers.  Accidents are not frequent.  Be prepared by following the tips above.

Also, before you take a ridesharing service or allow your teen to do so, be sure to review this important post about ridesharing personal safety.  

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

 

Self-Driving Cars Part IV: Vehicle Update

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Over the last few years, we’ve been keeping tabs on the development of driverless (self-driving) autonomous vehicles.  Click here for earlier post.   Experts believe that the paradigm shift to driverless vehicles will have a positive effect in the United States, lowering the number of traffic crashes that are overwhelmingly due to human error.  Consequently, researchers believe that driverless cars will reduce the number of lives lost on our roads.

Better or Much Better?

Ironically, many Americans are concerned about the safety of driverless vehicles.  Correspondingly, there is conflict about whether to allow self-driving vehicles to travel on the roads now – when they are considered “slightly better” than human drivers – or to wait until the self-driving vehicles are far superior to human drivers – potentially several years from now.  Experts argue that waiting for further technological progress delays our ability to make a positive impact – and save thousands of lives that are taken each year on our roads.  Their studies indicate that the earlier self-driving vehicles are commonly used on the roads, the quicker these vehicles will “master the art of driving” on our roads.

The “New Wild West” – Arizona

Consequently, this update on self-driving vehicles takes us to Arizona to learn about the “new wild west” that caters to vehicles, large and small, with and without drivers.  Arizona, and, in particular, the town of Chandler, Arizona, have welcomed companies developing self-driving vehicles.  Distinct from many other towns, the local government has encouraged the testing of different types of driverless vehicles on the roads in Chandler and the surrounding areas.  And, unlike another large testing ground in California, Arizona has very few laws that regulate driverless vehicles, making it a great place for companies like Waymo to set up shop.  In addition, General Motors, Intel, Uber, and Lyft are also operating and testing self-driving cars on the Arizona roads.

Nevertheless, the downside for the public is that Arizona doesn’t require public companies to release information about self-driving vehicle accidents.  Consequently, safety reports from self-driving vehicle companies may be partial, although this may change as new legislation governing the testing and use of driverless cars comes into play.

Waymo

Waymo is one of the leading companies in the development of self-driving vehicles.  Waymo is the autonomous vehicle division of Alphabet, the parent company of Google.  Since October, Waymo has been operating self-driving vehicles on roads around Chandler.  In contrast to updates on driverless vehicle technology from a year ago, these vehicles do not have safety drivers behind the wheel.[1]  In fact, the humans in the vehicles sit in the back, behind the driver’s seat, rather than at the wheel.  This is equivalent to Level 4 autonomy, in which a vehicle is capable of driving with no human behind the wheel.  These vehicles rely on powerful sensing devices to detect objects up to 300 meters away, and allows the vehicle system to look over, under and around vehicles.

Currently, Waymo is in partnerships with Fiat-Chrysler, Lyft and Avis.  According to recent news articles, Waymo’s next move is a commercial ride service using self-driving cars, where people will use an app, possibly Lyft, to hail a vehicle.  For now, Waymo is making headway by using over 100 Chrysler self-driving vehicles to transport select individuals as part of a trial.  Plans indicate this will soon ramp up to 600 vehicles.

Insurance Coverage for Driverless Cars

Several months ago, a crash between a self-driving Uber vehicle and another driver resulted in a citation for the driver of the other vehicle.  While this accident was resolved quickly, the next big question that is still looming over self-driving cars is who will be responsible if the driverless car is at fault in an accident.  While this important insurance issue is being debated, the race to driverless cars is on – and there is no sign of slowing down!

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://techcrunch.com/2017/11/07/waymo-now-testing-its-self-driving-cars-on-public-roads-with-no-one-at-the-wheel/

Bicycling Accidents in Florida

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Bicycle riding, also known as cycling, is a great, low-impact sport.  Each day, hundreds of Floridians engage in bicycle riding, either to and from school, work, the park, or just for exercise.

While cycling is both fun and exhilarating, cyclists need to be careful, especially when they share the roads with motorists.  Bicycle riders need to pay special attention to road signs and traffic patterns, and be aware of the dangers on our Florida roadways.

The Statistics

According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC), statistics estimate there were over 1,000 bicyclist deaths in 2015.  In addition, the same source states there were nearly 467,000 bicycle-related injuries that year.[1]   While these statistics are for the entire country, it’s disturbing, but important to note that Florida leads the nation with the highest number of bicycle fatalities of any state.

According to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) website[2], “bicyclists accounted for 2 percent of all traffic deaths and 2 percent of all crash-related injuries in 2014. Bicyclist deaths occurred most often between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. (20%) and in urban areas (71%).”  In addition, the NHTSA indicates that most of bicyclists killed were male and over 20% of them had an illegal level of blood alcohol concentration (BAC) – over the limit for riding or driving.[3]  

It’s clear that bicyclists face safety concerns each time they’re out on the road.  But bicyclists can take measures to help protect themselves.  What can you do to protect yourself and your loved ones when riding your bicycle on the roads of South Florida?  Click here to read about cycling safety.  

Sometimes, there is a misconception that the bicyclist is to blame in bicycle – vehicle crashes, but statistics show that motorists are cited in many of these incidents.

Handling a bicycle accident case requires knowledge of traffic patterns, right-of-way laws, as well as city and state bicycling and vehicle regulations.  We have experienced attorneys who have handled both bicycle and motor vehicle accidents along with nearly 3 decades of serving the state of Florida in all types of personal injury claims.

Questions about bicycle safety, motorists, and the law?   Contact us at (954) 428-9333 or www.goldmandszkal.com.

Ready to hit the road?  Follow the safety tips here, get outside, and enjoy the ride.

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] https://www.cdc.gov/motorvehiclesafety/bicycle/

[2] https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

[3] https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/bicyclists

Christmas Tree Safety

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Tree Fire Statistics

Fire departments across the country responded to 210 Christmas tree fires between 2010-2014.[1]   The number of tree fires dropped dramatically from 850 in 1980 to 170 in 2014.[2]  But these fires still cause many injuries, deaths, and millions of dollars in direct property damage each year.

While we can know that Christmas tree fires aren’t as common as home fires, statistics indicate that tree fires are more deadly.  According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 1 in 34 Christmas tree related fires resulted in at least one death while 1 in 142 regular home fires resulted in a death.

Decorative lights, wiring, plugs, candles, and heating equipment play a role in most Christmas tree fires.  Lighting or heat sources too close to the tree caused most tree fires, as analyzed by the NFPA.

We know that you and your family are looking forward to a safe holiday celebration.  Read on to find out the important safety tips recommended by NFPA to reduce the risk of Christmas tree fires.  Additionally, learn more about lighting safety here.

Choosing the Right Tree
  • Find a fresh tree with green needles.
  • Avoid choosing any tree with needles that fall off when touched.
  • If you choose to use an artificial tree, be sure it has been tested and labeled as fire resistent.

Selecting the Indoor Location

  • Cut at least 2 inches from the trunk base and place properly in a tree stand with water.
  • Find a location for the tree that doesn’t block an exit, and make sure the tree is 3 feet or further away from any type of heat source including heat vents, lights, radiators, fireplaces, or candles.
Decorating the Tree
  • Only use decorations that are marked inflammable and for indoor use and have an “independent testing laboratory” or Underwriters Laboratory (UL) label. Older light strands don’t have fused plugs and may short circuit, so stick with newer, safer lights. Read the instruction guide to determine how to connect the strands.
  • If any bulbs are broken, have frayed ends, have loose connections, or look old and warn, do not use them.
  • Be extra careful with cords, decorations, drapes, and debris when using ladders near the tree.

Daily Tree Reminders

  • Do not put candles on or near the tree.
  • Make sure to water the tree daily.
  • Avoid extension cords overheating by unplugging them if they are hot to the touch.
  • Shut off the decorations and tree lights before leaving the house or going to bed.
Cleaning it Up
  • Remove the tree and bring to a local community tree recycling station. Dry, brittle branches and trees pose a fire danger outside.
  • Unplug, bring in, and store outdoor electrical lights to prevent hazards.

When it comes to holiday safety, taking care of the tree is a great start.  And for more information on lighting safety, click here.  Take time to review the aforementioned tips so that you and your loved ones enjoy a happy, healthy and safe holiday. 

Goldman & Daszkal, P.A.

Since 1990, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. has provided reputable legal representation to people throughout the state of Florida.  The firm has helped thousands of individuals recover compensation from motor vehicle and boating accidents, slip and fall accidents, product defect and liability cases, pharmacy errors, and negligent security cases to cover medical expenses, pay bills, take care of their families, and return to work.  Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. can help you get the relief you need to start living your life again after a serious injury.  For a free and confidential consultation, contact Goldman & Daszkal, P.A., at (954) 428-9333.

[1] http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety/Christmas-tree-fires

[2] http://www.nfpa.org/Public-Education/By-topic/Seasonal-fires/Winter-holiday-safety/Christmas-tree-fires

 

National Safe Toys and Gifts Month

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The weather is getting cooler in Florida and it’s beginning to feel like the holidays.  As we begin to think about family gatherings, football games, and gifts for the children, please take a few minutes to consider toy and gift safety before you head to the store or visit your favorite online retailer.  In the spirit of holiday safety, Goldman & Daszkal, P.A. is helping spread the word that December is National Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

Consumer Product Safety Commission

From thousands of toy-related injuries each year to millions of recalled toys, we all need to be vigilant with the toys we choose and allow our children to play with.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is leading the way to help make toys safe for our children.

In the last few years, they have created and enforced limits on toxic chemicals such as lead and phthalates in toys.  The CPSC is also requiring toy testing by third party, independent laboratories to help prevent dangerous toys from entering the United States.

As parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, we need to boost our own efforts to ensure the toys our loved ones play with are safe.  Here are some important tips for family members and friends with young children or for those shopping for gifts for children.

  1. Inspect all Toys Prior to Play

Inspect all toys to ensure they are appropriate for the child’s age, developmental stage and skill level.

  • Avoid giving children toys with ropes, chains, sharp edges, magnets, heating elements, or buttons that can easily be detached and swallowed.
  • Insist that children wear properly-fitted helmets and safety gear when riding on toys, skateboards, ripsticks, or skates.
  • Manage battery access, installation, and charging away from children. Follow the instructions and keep these away from children as they can cause burns.  
  1. Avoid Choking Hazards

Young children explore the world by putting objects in their mouths.  Small toys or parts of toys can be a prime target for a young child’s curiosity.  Keep small toys and parts away to prevent choking.

  • After opening gifts, remove all plastic film and packaging and place in a garbage or recycling bin that children cannot access.
  • Deflated or broken balloons are a choking hazard for young children. Immediately throw away any deflated or broken balloons in a receptacle that children cannot access.
  • Some activity sets use high-powered magnets. These are particularly dangerous for children and should always be kept away.
  • Be cautious with toy jewelry and other painted toys that may contain lead. Check out the CPSC lead website for more information.
  1. Get Notified!

Sign up at the CPSC website to receive information on recalled toys.  Click here or go to https://www.cpsc.gov/.

Once you’ve reviewed these safety tips, you’ll be ready to head out to the stores or log on to your computer and find the perfect, safe gifts.  But before you go, share these important tips with your family and friends using the links below.

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