The holiday season is the time of year when across the country, temperatures drop and a step outside in the evening is often met with a cool silence. However, step inside any home and the atmosphere instantly changes. You are greeted with warmth and usually a sea of commotion. Homes are filled with the hustle and bustle of the season; everyone is up to some task. Whether it be hanging holiday decorations, doing some last minute online shopping, or cooking and baking in preparation for holiday guests who may stay into the New Year. With so many people doing so many things all at once, the holidays can often be a time where despite the chill in the outdoor air, people get burned. No, not burned out (but yes, sadly that does happen too) but a burn injury.
In fact, around this time of year, there are four major types of burn injuries that are most common, which are:
- Kitchen-related Burns: During the holidays it is not uncommon for every burner on the stove and the oven to be in use all at the same time. However, all it takes is one pot handle to be sticking out the wrong way, and a person could receive a dangerous burn. Kitchen burns can also be caused by splattering grease or other hot liquids. It is important to make sure that there is always someone in the kitchen who can monitor the stove at all times. Do not let cooking food unattended!
- Burns from Hot Liquids: The holidays would not be the same without a cup of cheer. Whether you are drinking hot coffee, hot chocolate or a hot toddy to stay warm, it is important to make sure you prepare your drinks to be hot but not scalding. Burns from hot liquids can lead to second and even third-degree burns. So for safety, keep your glass half-full and your elbows in!
- Electrical Burns: Year after year, people head to the basement or attic, wherever the holiday decorations are stored, and dig up the box of holiday lights that have been used for what seems like generations. While lights are expensive and it makes sense to use them year after year, the problem is that over time lights become worn and the wires could become exposed. To avoid an electrical burn or prevent an electrical fire, make sure that your holiday lights are in good condition. Also never overload an outlet and do not string more light sets together than what is recommended by the manufacturer.
- Heat or Thermal Burns: Nothing is better than coming in from the cold and snuggling up by the fireplace. However, each year people receive painful heat burns from getting too close to a fireplace, space heater, or another heat source. If children are around, take special precautions to keep them from touching these hot items.
Lastly, keep in mind to always seek immediate medical attention in case of a burn injury.
If you have suffered a burn injury after being involved in an accident while on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. At The Handley Law Center, our team of seasoned Oklahoma Injury Attorneys can help you determine the best approach to take to obtain full compensation for your injuries. Our attorneys will fight to make sure that your rights are protected, and that justice is served. Trust only a skilled Oklahoma Personal Injury Attorney to properly evaluate your case. To find out how The Handley Law Center can help you, contact us today at (405) 295-1924, to schedule a free and completely confidential consultation.