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Toronto Personal Injury and Accident Lawyer Discusses Safety Over the Holiday Season

While the December holidays can be a time for family, food and fun it can also be a time for accident and injury.  To keep your family safe over the holidays here are a few things to consider:

Drinking and driving is still a major cause of accidents in Toronto and the rest of Ontario.  If you are hosting an event, over serving of a guest may be your responsibility.  If you think you will be drinking, plan ahead for a designated driver or take a cab or public transportation.

Do a safety check around your home.  If you will be having people over to your home, you should do a check of the sidewalks, driveway and entire home.  Be aware of any slip and fall hazards or tripping hazards.  Make note that your home may be much more crowded than usual.  Take special care for elderly guests.

Take extra care with fire.  During our cold winter the fireplace can be a nice place to gather and keep warm.  It should not be left unattended until is has gone out.  Candles can be a hazard as well.  Care should be taken that candles are secured so they can’t be knocked over by people, children or pets.  Candles should not be left unattended as well.  Blow them out if you are leaving the room.  Keep and eye on the oven and stove.

Keep pets safe.  Extra people in the house can be hard for pets.  Lighting cords and candles can be dangerous around pets.  Dog bite cases are the responsibility of the owner.

Practice safe food techniques.  Follow cooking instruction for meat or poultry.  Keep your kitchen clean.  The fridge seems to get crowded over the holidays.  Be careful about leaving food unrefrigerated too long.  Ask about any allergies that guests may have.

The lawyers at Raphael Barrister wish to wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year.  Raphael Barristers have been practicing personal injury law for over 50 years. Our lawyers provide legal service to the residents of Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Markham, Oshawa, Richmond Hill, Brampton, Burlington, Milton, Whitby, Pickering, Etobicoke, Thornhill, North York, Scarborough, Owen Sound, Collingwood, New Market, Aurora, Barrie, Hamilton, St. Catharines, Niagara, Guelph, Kitchener, Waterloo and London, and to the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), the Golden Horseshoe and the rest of Ontario. Call Jeffrey Raphael at 416-594-1812 or 1-877-217-1812 for a free consultation. Visit us at

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