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Safety Protocol for Decorating Around the Holidays

Holidays involve family gatherings, traveling, and making sure your home is ready for hosting. Now that Thanksgiving is over, many people take the break between holidays to decorate for the holidays. Decorating is seen as one of the best ways to get in the holiday spirit, but emergency rooms see thousands of injuries involving decorating each season. Additionally, holiday preparations can often create a fire safety hazard in homes. It is important to remember a few tips while decorating this season:

  • If you are using an artificial tree, check to make sure that it is labeled “fire-resistant.”
  • If you are using a real tree, be sure to cut off about 2 inches of the trunk to expose fresh wood for better water absorption.
  • Place your Christmas tree at least 3 feet away from heat sources, such as fireplaces and radiators.
  • Only use indoor lights inside and outdoor lights outside.
  • Be sure to choose a sturdy latter when hanging lights.
  • Replace light sets that have broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
  • Turn off all the lights and decorations when you go to bed or leave the house.
  • Keep potentially poisonous plants away from children, such as mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry, and amaryllis.
  • Avoid placing breakable or small ornaments with detachable parts on lower tree branches where children can reach them.

Not only are there dangers with the set-up and placing of decorations, the National Fire Protection Association reports that approximately one-third of home decoration fires are started by candles. Using candles and fireplaces in rooms with an increased amount of decorations often creates more of a risk for a fire starting. To lower the risk of a fire, follow some of these safety tips:

  • Keep matches and lighters out of children’s reach.
  • Don’t burn trees, wreaths or wrapping paper in fireplaces.
  • Always use a screen on the fireplace while the fire is burning.
  • Place candles where they cannot be knocked down or blown over, as well as out of children’s reach.
  • Never leave candles or fireplaces burning unattended or when you are sleeping.
  • Check and clean your chimney and fireplace area at least once a year.
  • Be sure you use flameless candles near flammable objects rather than lighted ones.

Another fire safety hazard is the use of turkey fryers around the holidays, causing around 154 turkey-fryer related fires, burns and other injuries since 2004. The National Safety Council discourages the use of turkey fryers at home and urges individuals to seek out a professional establishment for fried turkey. As we head into the middle of the holiday season, it is important to exercise caution when setting up Christmas decorations and preparing food for get-togethers. The holidays are supposed to be about family and celebration, so remember these safety tips to avoid any type of injury. Unfortunately, accident-related injuries can occur even when remembering safety tips. If you or a loved one are injured due to the negligence of another party, whether it be associated with decorating, or from a fire, the attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C. are available to consult with. Contact one of our attorneys today at (217) 443-4343 to discuss your legal options.


Various Palmer Candy chocolate products recalled due to salmonella risk

Iowa-based food manufacturer, Palmer Candy Company, voluntarily recalled some of their products after being notified that one of the ingredients used may possibly have hazardous salmonella bacteria, a January 9 article of the U.S. Food & Drug Administration stated.

In the recall article published by the FDA, Palmer Candy issued the recall after a supplier informed them that the powdered milk used in the affected chocolate candies may be contaminated with salmonella bacteria. Though there were no contamination incidents have been reported, federal authorities told reports that accidentally consuming food with salmonella may lead to serious or fatal illnesses that most often affect children, older adults, or people who have a very weak immune system. Consumers were advised to dispose the recalled chocolates or bring it to the store where they bought it to get a full refund.

The Danville attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., strongly believe that families who have to deal with a great financial loss when their loved one suffer illnesses as a result of consuming potentially dangerous food products should be rightfully compensated. If you think this has happened to you, call our office today at (217) 443-4343 to find out how we may help you pursue damage claims against negligent parties.


Thousands of baby strollers with injury risks recalled

A recall on December 20 was issued on about 29,400 strollers sold nationwide after the manufacturer received reports of a design flaw that may cause injuries to adults and babies, an article of the CPSC reported.

Five models of “Qbit” baby strollers are equipped with a potentially faulty folding component that could inflict injuries on adults operating it. As the recall explained, the folding hinges have a space that could trap or pinch a person’s hand. The folding mechanism of the recalled strollers could also suddenly collapse, resulting in babies suffering from fall injuries. Complaints also revealed some injuries required stitches. Aria Child Inc. and federal authorities advise consumers to refrain from using the strollers and coordinate with the recalling company for a free product replacement.

The attorneys of Spiros Law, P.C., represent families in Danville who have been injured by potentially dangerous products. We strongly believe that victims of such accidents should be compensated by negligent parties. Find out how we could help you obtain compensations by calling (217) 443-4343.


Pet supply retail to settle $4.25M fine after fishbowl recall

Pet supply retailer PetSmart Inc. is expected to settle $4.25 million worth of civil penalty imposed by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) over allegations that they were negligent in providing the accurate data involving their defective fishbowls, a November 14 article on the cpsc.gov website reported.

According to reports, the Arizona-based pet retail chain had failed in providing information in a timely manner involving their potentially dangerous fishbowls. At least two models of PetSmart fish bowls have been recalled after receiving complaints that they may suddenly break. The recall initially covered 10,200 fishbowls, however, the company was forced to include more than eight times that number in a broadened recall. The recall was issued after 19 consumers complained that the fish bowls break, and included 12 personal injuries. The injuries, which included laceration, were found out to be serious and required surgery to be treated. Federal authorities are expecting that PetSmart will coordinate with them to ensure product safety.

Expensive hospitalizations, unfortunately, are often the result when consumers suffer injuries from using defective products. However, if you or a loved one is in such situation in Danville, the legal team of Spiros Law, P.C., may represent you. Find out how we may possibly help you get treatment funds from negligent parties by calling (217) 443-4343.


Millions worth of property damage linked to recalled dehumidifiers in the US

A company based in China issued a recall on roughly 3.4 million units of potentially defective dehumidifiers because of complaints they could overheat and eventually catch fire, a report of cpsc.gov stated on November 2.

Reports revealed the recall was issued after the Midea dehumidifiers, which come in eight different sizes and 52 brand names, caused property damages amounting to $4.8 million. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Midea were notified of 38 incidents of fire, smoke or overheating dehumidifiers. There were no injuries linked to the affected products. Midea will either return money to consumers who purchased the faulty dehumidifiers or offer them a product replacement.

Using defective products can cause serious injuries that eventually result in financial loss. However, working with a skilled attorney can help you to obtain compensations. Call the legal team at Spiros Law, P.C., today at (217) 443-4343 to begin taking your legal actions against negligent parties.


Samsung phones with defective batteries recalled due to fire hazards

Samsung issued a recall on September 15 covering their newly released top-of-the-line smartphones after receiving complaints that the devices may catch fire, a report of cpsc.gov reported.

The recall affects the “Galaxy Note 7, ” which may potentially have a defective lithium-ion battery. In the U.S. alone, there were 92 complaints forwarded to Samsung regarding the smartphones burning or catching fire. Dozens of phones have resulted in personal injuries and property damages. The Galaxy Note 7 comes in blue coral, black onyx, silver titanium, and gold platinum colors and has a screen size of 5.7 inches. Samsung and the CPSC advised consumers to avoid using the potentially hazardous gadget to coordinate with their phone dealer or network carrier for a free product replacement or to get their money back.

If you suffer injuries as a result of using a hazardous device, working with a skilled product liability attorney can help you receive the compensations you need for recovery. Get in touch with a Danville attorney at Spiros Law, P.C., today by calling (217) 443-4343.


Nut products sold nationwide recalled due to Salmonella risks

Food distributor Snyder’s-Lance Inc. recently issued a recall on their macadamia nut products sold in the U.S. after federal authorities confirmed that they may contain hazardous Salmonella bacteria, an article of Food Safety News reported on August 31.

An investigation commissioned by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration reportedly confirmed a sample of “Diamond of California” chopped macadamia nuts were contaminated with Salmonella. According to reports, the products may appear or smell normal even if the presence of the harmful bacteria persists. If accidentally ingested, contaminated foods can cause serious or fatal illnesses, especially to children and older adults who have a weak immune system. The company was not made aware of any injuries or illness complaints before issuing the recall, but they will return the money to affected consumers.

The product liability attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., understand that many Danville families are devastated when their loved ones suffer serious illness as a result of consuming potentially hazardous foods. If you are concerned this has happened to you or your loved one, we may be able to help you obtain compensation against negligent parties for your recovery. Learn more about your legal options today by calling (217) 443-4343.


HP recalls faulty laptop batteries that may catch fire

Thousands of potentially faulty laptop computer batteries are being recalled by Hewlett-Packard (HP) due to burn injury and property damage risks. The batteries are liable to overheat and catch fire, a report of cpsc.gov stated on June 23.

According to reports, the HP lithium-ion battery packs used for Compaq and HP portable computers may overheat. Consumers who own the affected batteries are at high risk of sustaining burn injuries if the batteries catch fire. There were approximately 41,000 defective batteries used in the six HP laptop models. The Palo Alto-based company and federal authorities are unaware of any injuries involving the defective batteries. However, there were seven complaints of overheating incidents, four of which resulted in $4,000 worth of property damage. Consumers were advised to immediately return the battery packs of their notebook computers to HP to receive a new battery for free.

The attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., understand that many families in Danville are left struggling after accidents caused by defective products. If you were hurt by a defective product, we may be able to work on your behalf to help you receive compensations for recovery. Call us at (217) 443-4343 to begin your legal action against negligent parties.


Surface Pro power cords recalled in the US due to fire risk

On February 2, Microsoft issued a product recall for millions of Surface Pro power cords in the U.S. and Canada due to a potential risk of injury or fire caused by overheating. The recall was announced on the Consumer Product Safety Commission website with additional details for consumers.

The AC power cords came packaged with the Surface Pro 2 and Surface Pro 3 models. These products may reportedly emit excessive heat and eventually catch fire while in operations. The majority of the recalled power cords were found in the U.S., with an estimated 190,000 being recalled in Canada.

Microsoft issued the recall after being notified of 56 incidents of overheating and fire, where five consumers sustained electrical shock injuries. Also included in the recall are the power cords in the Surface Pro power supply units that can be bought separately. Consumers who possess the affected power cords were told to stop using them and contact Microsoft to get a free replacement.

If you have decided to file a claim after being injured by a faulty product, find out how our product liability attorneys at Spiros Law, P.C., in Danville may be able help you recover compensation for your suffering by calling (217) 443-4343 today.


CPSC investigating fire incidents linked to hoverboards

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported on December 16 that federal authorities are investigating incidents of fires associated with hoverboards in an effort to determine the cause and protect consumers.

According to reports, CPSC officials were notified of dozens of injury complaints associated with the new hoverboard devices. These toys are similar to skateboards in appearance and function, but pose a serious risk of broken bones, lacerations, and other injuries associated with falls. Officials recommend taking precautions when using these hoverboards to avoid injury.

Additionally, experts from the CPSC are also looking for answers as to why these hoverboards are catching fire, as there have been a number of reports of this occurring while the devices are charging or in use. Consumers who have bought hoverboards or those who are expecting to receive hoverboards as gifts this holiday season should be aware of the CPSC’s list of safety tips.

At Spiros Law, P.C., our legal team understands exactly how devastating injuries caused by defective products can be to Danville families. We work to help these victims pursue compensation for their suffering from the negligent manufacturers who are liable. Call (217) 443-4343 today to learn more.