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.
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Jordan was very polite and helpful when it came to my case! Working numerous hours of long work! He didn’t give up at all! Jordan is very professional and will stand up what’s right! I was please with the outcome and getting justice! I would highly recommend him!- Jordan – AVVO
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I was very pleased with how my case was handled. Sandy was able to get my case closed in a very short time. She was very accessible when needed whether via phone,text, or in person. Would highly recommend Sandy if you are needing a workers compensation attorney.- Sandra – AVVO
I was recommended to Sandra by a previous client. Her work ethic and aggressive posture were empirical in my attaining an financial award regarding personal injury I received while in the employ of the State of Illinois. She kept me posted throughout the process.- Sandra – AVVO
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I could not have asked for a better experience with Sandra Loeb. From the initial meet up to the conclusion of the legal matter, she made my experience easy and fast. I was comfortable throughout the entire case as Sandra always kept me informed every step of the way. She was understanding, patient, and truly wanted what was best for me. She knew exactly what I was entitled to and succeeded with determination.- Sandra – AVVO
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We had an excellent experience from start to finish with Miranda Soucie. Miranda had the appropriate knowledge, took the time and effort to gather all the information to ensure a positive outcome for our case. We are grateful for her dedication and support.- Miranda – AVVO
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Ms. Soucie is an extremely knowledgeable and caring attorney. She always treats me with the utmost respect. She never hesitates to answer my questions, either. She has the confidence you want in someone representing you and when you’re around her you feel it, too.- Miranda – AVVO
Sandy was always accessible, whether by email or by phone. I never once was asked to leave a message if she was in the office.- Sandy – AVVO
Ms. Loeb listened and addressed my concerns at the consultation, evaluating the situation with professionalism and a friendly manner. My case was resolved to my satisfaction in a short period of time.- Sandy – AVVO
Sandra provided me with the guidance that yielded a very positive outcome in my claim. From the start Sandra was very easy to work with and I quickly realized that I was in good hands with her as my attorney.- Sandy – AVVO
⦁ Sandy has handled 3 cases for me. She has not let me down, I'm very satisfied with the work she has done.- Sandy – AVVO
Sandy was super friendly and was a great lawyer. She always kept me updated on everything.- Sandy – AVVO
His attention to detail is above reproach and he most certainly is an asset to his profession. Mr. Spiros always answered my calls within a reasonable amount of time. He is very pleasant to deal with and I believe that is very important in an attorney. I had no stress in dealing with the process due to Jim. I can not recommend him enough. He is the only attorney I would ever consider using.- Jim – AVVO
Jim was an excellent choice for me. With the stress of my medical issues, Jim put me at ease talking to him. My questions are always answered in a very timely manner. I feel that I made a very wise decision in hiring Jim and would highly recommend him to anyone.- Jim – AVVO
Im always put me at ease and explained the process fully in a way that I understood. He respected my wishes while still recommending his professional opinion in a kind way. He showcased his expertise in many ways, but his knowledge base was especially seen during the most stressful times of the case.- Jim – AVVO
Jim was amazing, he always called and kept me up to date on my case, let me know what was going on. He doesn't stop til the job is done!- Jim – AVVO
Jim was very professional, knowledgeable, and willing to work hard to achieve a successful conclusion. I found Jim to be a very caring person and easy to discuss details of my case with. If needed, I would not hesitate to have him work for me again.- Jim – AVVO
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⦁ Jim Spiros is an intelligent, experienced, and skillful attorney. He showed creativity, tenacity, and the ability to play hardball when need be. Even more important to me, with us he was empathetic, supportive, patient, and a great advocate.- Jim – AVVO
Jim is great for workmen's comp cases. Jim and his firm were there every step of the way and explained things to me in a manner that the common working person could understand. He is very versed in the process that I was going through and was able to let me know how the process would work before it happened. At a time when I was unable to work and my future was undetermined it gave me piece of mind.- Jim – AVVO
James Spiros was a very trusting, compassionate lawyer who works diligently to get what he can for his clients. My husband & I were very impressed by his knowledge and enjoyed working with him- Jim – AVVO
Jim and his staff keep me informed throughout the case. They were very helpful in our situation offering the guidance we needed for a positive outcome.- Jim – AVVO
Mr. Spiros is very thorough and very helpful. You won't find a better attorney to go to bat for you. I was very pleased with the results.- Jim – AVVO
Mr. Spiros and his staff were very professional and supportive and they immediately began working on our case. Mr. Spiros worked hard to ensure that we received exactly what we were entitled too. We are very grateful that we had James Spiros and his team helping us through this difficult time. Justice was served.- Jim – AVVO
Mr.Spiros was excellent at handling my workers 'comp. case. Words cannot express how much l appreciate Mr. Spiros for his legal assistance during the most difficult time of my life. If I had any questions or concerns, he responded to me quickly and professionally.- Jim – AVVO
James Spiros is not only a top notch attorney but a very compassionate man. He and his staff helped me thru a bad time in my life with guidance and knowledge of my rights with my work injury. I’m glad to say the case has been settled but without Jim Spiros by my side the results would have been different.- Jim – AVVO
Mr. Spiros provided exceptional service. He was honest and upfront about the process of taking on my case. He was always in contact with me, keeping me informed and having my best interest in mind. He was easy to speak with, and patient with my questions. I was very satisfied with the outcome.- Jim – AVVO
Mr Spiros office was professional and courteous and answered all my questions, and I received my settlement in a timely manner. I would use Mr Spiros again.- Jim – AVVO
Bill was at my level making certain I understood exactly what was going on at all times, consulting me precisely. I want to THANK him from the bottom of my heart for his heartfelt compassion during this battle I endured. I recommend Bill highly!- Bill
Andrew was very professional and listened closely as my father explained what he wanted. This was not one of the million dollar deals that you read about, but Andrew treated my father and his claim as if it were. He was treated with first-class attention and first-class representation. I appreciated all that Andrew and Spiros Law did for my father.- Andy
Andy Purcell made my case as easy as possible on my end. He knew I was dealing with alot of pain and recovery. 10/10 I would recommend giving them a call!- Andy
Mr. Purcell is an outstanding lawyer and clearly one of the best in the area. Mr. Purcell handled my case in a very professionally matter. I would gladly recommend him to family and friends.- Andy
It was a very emotional journey, but Miranda always kept us informed of the status of how things were going and was a great comfort for my daughters and I. She would cry and laugh along with us, and was so very, very kind and supportive. She became like family.- Miranda
Miranda is a very caring and professional person. I would recommend her and Spiros law to anyone in need of experts.- Miranda
Miranda and the rest of the team helped me with all my questions and were very supportive during the entire process. Thank you all.- Miranda
I was very impressed with the experience I had with Miranda Soucie. She is always on top of everything and guided me through my situation with care and compassion. I highly recommend her!- Miranda
Miranda is a wonderful Lawyer to work with. I had a difficult case and she never hesitated to work it for me! Great Attorney!- Miranda
Miranda Soucie made the work comp claim a lot easier to deal with then having try figure out by myself. I would recommend her or any of her team to anyone who needs help they made a bad situation into a less stress full situation and made sure taken care of during and after it was all done- Miranda
We worked with Miranda Soucie and she was great! Very helpful and always quick to answer any questions we had along the way. Would definitely recommend her.- Miranda
My confidence in Miranda Soucie was immediate and she is very compassionate, genuine and honest, regardless if it was not always what I wanted to hear.- Miranda
Miranda did a great job for me. She held tough and did not let the insurance company bully her. Her tenacity resulted in a much bigger settlement than I imagined. Highly recommend.- Miranda
Nice staff and I have had the pleasure working with Miranda for my case. Hiring her helped me tremendously and I could stay focused on my academic work.- Miranda
Ms. Soucie is absolutely amazing. She is always there to answer questions and her knowledge and drive never fails to impress me. Highly recommend!- Miranda
Sandy Lobe was there to talk to us, I don't know what we would of done without her, so much paper work, questions that we didn't know about. Sandy took care of everything for us.- Sandy
I could not have asked for more from Sandy Loeb or the staff at Spiros Law.- Sandy
The Spiros Law place was Very Clean, Friendly Secretaries, A++ Service all around, I highly recommend Sandra K. Loeb and Anyone else at Spiros Law.- Sandy
Sandra was an excellent lawyer, she took my case even though it was risky, many lawyers would have not, we tried everything we could, she worked hard, as did I, but we did get a settlement and she listened to me to push for more which made a difference. Sandra and her team are hard workers and I recommend them.- Sandy
Jim and Miranda’s professionalism, knowledge and tenacity are beyond reproach. We would highly recommend the firm!- Jim
Thank you Miranda and Jim. You guys are a wonderful hard working team but yet show compassion and more than highly would recommend them to anyone. Words are not enough to thank you for what you have done for us and thank you from the bottom of our hearts!- Jim
Jim and his staff are incredibly professional and timely. I always felt like I understood where the process was and what was the expected outcome. Jim Spiros did exactly what he told me he would do and settled the case in my favor.- Jim
They handled the details and over a million dollars in medical bills and we still came out much better than we ever dreamed. I strongly recommend this team.- Jim
Jim and his staff were great to work with and kept me in the loop throughout my case. They answered my calls and emails promptly and I especially appreciated Jim's honesty and directness when decisions needed to be made.- Jim
I could not have asked for a better lawyer and paralegal. I have never met a law office that treated you like family. I am so thankful for everything.- Jim
Working with Jim Spiros and his staff made my experience more pleasurable. During a difficult time it was comforting to know that I could call and get answers and my case resolved with my best interest in mind.- Jim
Jim is professional and thorough, yet always personable and will take all the time necessary to make sure you are satisfied with how you and your case are being represented. I always recommend Jim Spiros and his law firm to anyone needing an attorney who will treat them like a friend, and not just a client. Jim will get the job done.- Jim
Working with Jim and his staff made my trying times a lot better and worry free,thank you for caring!!- Jim
Working with Jim made what would have been an incredibly stressful event in my life so much easier! Highly recommended!- Jim
I truly am beyond thankful for the careful thought and detail that was put into my case from day one! Jim and Matt were attentive, dedicated and invested the entire time and made sure I was taken care of. I can't thank you enough for advocating for me and my case like it were your own. I feel a positive sense of closure to such a hard time in my life- Jim
This firm is great. Andrew Percell is a straight shooter. He knows all the jive but keeps it clear with his clients. I felt like a person there not just a client. I must say I did not expect the compassion and professionalism to blend so well. Go no further this is the team you want on your side.- Andy