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The Holidays are here and while celebrating, please take time for the safety of those you hold dear.
1.  Not all toys are safe. Please check out our article on dangerous toys.
2.  When decorating, please remember that two Holiday plants are poisonous to cats, dogs and even children. Mistletoe is highly toxic and poinsettias are mildly toxic.
3.  Remember that incandescent Holiday lights can cause house fires because of the heat they generate. Their heat combined with a real tree that has become too dry or an artificial tree means an increased risk of fire. LED lights are not only safer as they give off zero heat, but they also have the additional cost savings benefit of using less electricity and thereby more eco-friendly too.
4.  Glass ornaments are dangerous to young children and pets. They break easily and pieces of broken glass can injure hands and feet and there have even been reports of both children and pets ingesting broken glass and entire ornaments.
5. If you have purchased toys, appliances and equipment (such as smoke detectors) that require 9 Volt batteries, be very careful. 9 Volt batteries are capable of spontaneously causing a serious fire if they come into contact with metal.  Store these batteries carefully, in their original packaging or place electrical tape over the two terminals. In fact, store all batteries safely, even those you are intending to recycle. A special Thank You to retired Jacksonville Fire Chief Ray Alford to alerting us to this.
Every day, we at Terrell • Hogan, represent victims of personal injury and wrongful death as they seek justice, and lawsuits we have pursued have prompted safety changes. However, that came after the incidents, accidents and injuries happened. We believe it is important to try to help prevent injuries and wrongful deaths. One way is to publish information about recalled toys and dangerous children’s products to help families who are buying toys for their children make sure the toys are safe.
Terrell • Hogan wishes you and your family a safe and happy Holiday!


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Laura Hack

Laura Hack is a paralegal with Terrell • Hogan. She has been with the firm since 1996 and has worked primarily for Wayne Hogan. She is an experienced Paralegal with 30+ years of working in the law practice industry. Skilled in Appeals, Civil Trial Litigation Support, Torts, Trial Practice, and Pleadings.