Expert Says

Justin Williams Williams & Williams Law Firm, LLC

As the weather turns colder and we move closer to the end of the year, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole Christmas songs are heard on the radio, we begin to slow down, not work as much and begin to reflect on what is most important: being with family.  While drinking egg nog or hot chocolate, watching It’s A Wonderful Life, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, A Christmas Story or your family’s favorite holiday movie, we must remember to not be careless during the joyful times.

Though we enjoy candles and lights during this time of the year, Christmas tree fires are the most deadly home fires.  The U.S. Fire Administration records approximately 47,000 fires during this time of the year, resulting in about 500 deaths.  On average one in 22 home fires result in deaths.  If you have a real Christmas tree, be sure it does not dry out by ensuring it has plenty of water in the trunk stand.  When leaving your home or when going to bed, be sure to turn off your tree lights and blow out your candles.

Also, when enjoying the company of others at holiday parties, do not drink and drive.  Contact a driving service or have a designated driver take you home rather than risk being arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).  A DUI is a white elephant gift no one will want.  Be safe and enjoy this holiday season.