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Tips for a Safe Holiday Season

The holidays should be a time for celebrating with family and friends. Unfortunately, car crashes, toy injuries, and other accidents tend to spike this time of year.

As San Diego injury lawyers, we would like to share a few simple tips for staying safe this holiday season:

Toy Safety

  • Before allowing your child to play with a new toy, read the instructions carefully.
  • Look out for small parts in toys given to small children. Federal regulations require that toys for children under age three cannot have parts less than 1 1/4 inches in diameter and 2 1/4 inches long.
  • Be aware of the dangers posed by magnets and button batteries, both of which can cause serious injuries ad even death if ingested.
  • Avoid allowing babies to play with pull toys with strings that are more than 12 inches in length, as they may pose a strangulation hazard.
  • After the holidays, monitor recall alerts for any new toys your child may have received.

Driving Safety

  • To avoid a drowsy driving accident, make sure you get proper rest before making a long trip to visit family and friends.
  • If you plan to consume alcohol, arrange for alternative transportation, such as a taxi or designated driver.
  • Remain extra vigilant of other drivers’ unsafe driving behaviors, as traffic congestion and holiday stress can result in a higher risk of collisions.
  • Be prepared for inclement weather, particularly if you plan to venture into the mountains.
  • Make sure everyone in your vehicle is properly restrained in seat belts and car safety seats.

If you or someone you love has suffered a serious injury do to someone else’s negligence, don’t hesitate to contact a San Diego injury attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.