15,000 Holiday Decorating Injuries Last Year

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 15,000 injuries and emergency department visits last November and December alone!

The injuries were all related to holiday decorating in those two months in 2012. Injuries from falls were the most common, accounting for 34% of holiday decorating-related ER visits. Lacerations made up 11% of the visits and back strains made up 10%.

Fires from Christmas trees were also dangerous. 200 fires occurred between 2009-2011. Out of these fires, 10 people died and 20 were injured.

Candle-related fires between 2009 and 2011 resulted in 70 deaths and 680 injuries.

We remind everyone to please be safe while decorating your home and tree this year! Make sure to turn off all holidays lights at night and when you are not home and remember to extinguish all candles as well!

Want more safety tips? Visit our blog on how to safely string your holiday lights!

Get more safety tips on the CPSC website.

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP