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Be Prepared for a Safe and Happy Holiday

The holiday season is a wonderful time of year. It is also a time to ensure that your home and property are safe for children, neighbors and visitors. Fortunately it is fairly easy to do if you use these easy-to-follow steps to prevent accidents and injuries. Indoors:

  • Consider fire safety when decorating: use LED lights instead of candles.
  • Make sure that extension cords are not frayed and that wires are tucked or taped out of the way.
  • Do not place small or fragile decorations within reach of curious little hands or animals.
  • Unless you’re a trained chef, it is best not to serve raw foods to guests to avoid food poisoning.
  • When purchasing gifts for children check for the latest recalls first. Product-Recalls is a good web resource. You can sign up for email alerts.


  • Eliminate tripping hazards like ladders and flower pots.
  • Keep your yard well lit to minimize slips, trips and falls.
  • Take great care when using ladders. Make sure it is placed on a flat, stable surface and always have a helper on hand.
  • Keep pets safely inside or on a leash if outdoors.
  • Make sure that walkways are clear of slippery snow or ice. Use an ice melting product if you’re expecting guests or deliveries.

Commit to Quit: Don’t Text and Drive Our firm has a “Commit to Quit Don’t Text and Drive” campaign, and we encourage you to have your teen driver take the pledge not to text and drive.

Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.