Popular But Dangerous Consumer Products and Toys During the Holiday Season
It’s that time of year again, when Santa’s elves are busy shopping for presents, neighborhoods are covered in twinkling lights and festive decor, and kitchens are filled with the aroma of delicious holiday goodies. The last thing on most people’s minds is being injured by the products and foods they purchase and use to celebrate. Unfortunately, some of the most popular products during this time can be dangerous to children and adults alike.
Frying turkeys for holiday get-togethers has skyrocketed in popularity over the last few years. This method of cooking can be very dangerous and has caused many physical injuries as well as damage to property. There are several reasons why frying turkeys can be so dangerous:
- Lack of safety protocols
- Improper use of fryer
- Cooking oil is combustible
- Turkeys fried while still partially frozen
- Fryers can tip over, spilling extremely hot grease
According to a 2014 article in USA Today, unpowered or “kick” scooters are responsible for a 40% increase in injury rates between the years 1990 and 2011. Our personal injury attorneys have also seen an increase in scooter accident cases locally in West Palm Beach. These toys continue to be a popular choice for children around the holidays, and they still cause a significant number of injuries.
Toys with Magnets
Many popular toys contain high-powered magnets which can cause severe internal damage to organs when swallowed. Parents and care-givers need to be careful and keep these magnets away from small children. There are actually even multiple high-powered magnets sold as sets that allow children to form them into different shapes.
Remote Control Drones
Drones are unpiloted aircraft, and they have become a popular gift around the holidays. Many drones are now able to take pictures and record videos of their surroundings, and are commanded via the use of a small remote by a person that stays on the ground. Many persons using drones lose control of the machine and it ends up crashing into buildings, trees, bystanders and pets. When this happens, significant injuries can occur.
Hanging Holiday Decor
Many people choose to celebrate the holiday season by stringing Christmas lights on their roofs, in tall trees, and in hard-to-reach areas of their home. This is typically accomplished with the use of a ladder. However, ladders sometimes fall, resulting in people taking a tumble and sustaining injuries.
Holiday decorating would not be complete without green foliage including mistletoe, poinsettias, holly, and pine. All of these plants are able to cause harm to household pets and should be kept up high to prevent accidental ingestion.
Speak With A Florida Defective Consumer Product Lawyer
If you or a loved one has been injured in a common accident or by a dangerous or defective product, you need the guidance of an attorney that understands consumer protection laws. At Clark Fountain, we are experienced legal professionals that take pride in our ability to help injured people. We can be reached at 561-899-2100 or via our contact page.