After a year like 2020, we all deserve the chance to catch up with loved ones on a family road trip or interstate holiday, let our hair down and dance up a storm at the office Christmas party, or blob out on the beach and simply relax over the festive break.
Whatever your plans may be, it’s important to stay safe and avoid accidental injuries. We’ve put together a handy safety guide to keep you on your feet this silly season (when you’re not napping on the couch, that is!).
Staying safe… AT THE office Christmas party
With many Australians working remotely in 2020, the office Christmas party is a great way to reconnect with colleagues and say ‘good riddance’ to a not-so-good year. If you’re drinking alcohol, it’s important to pace yourself; space out your boozy bevvies with a glass of water or soft drink (and never leave your drink unattended).
Your employer should have appropriate safety measures in place, particularly around the responsible service of alcohol, and implementing a code of conduct and drug and alcohol policy, which they should share with staff before the event.
If you do suffer an injury at a work party – or on your way to or from it – and are unable to return to work, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about your rights and how you can take action here.
Staying safe… on a family road trip
Driving to the beach or going camping is a great way to let off some steam at any time of year, but especially over the Christmas break. But there are things to be mindful of every time you get behind the wheel of your car. At this time of year, there’s more traffic on the road, and hazards to be aware of.
Before you set off, make sure you’ve prepared your journey: what route you’ll take, where service stations and rest stops are, and the best times to avoid traffic and congestion. Check your vehicle too – how’s your tyre tread? Are your lights all working? When was the last time you checked your oil?
It’s important to factor in plenty of breaks for some fresh air and a chance to stretch your legs. When you’re on the road, drive to the conditions – the weather, the road and speed limits. And if you find yourself yawning or you mind starts to drift, pull over for a rest. Fatigue is often a major factor in road accidents.
If you are involved in a collision, we can help. Find out more about our car accident claims here.
Staying safe… on your interstate flight
It’ll be a while until we’re able to travel overseas again, and flying interstate isn’t quite so stressful as a long-haul flight to Europe or the States. But there are still a few things to keep in mind so that you can enjoy your holidays without a hitch.
Firstly, check your flight details and make sure you’re 100% on when your plane departs. It’s terrible rocking up to the airport 12 hours late because you misread the time! Sort out your travel insurance as well (it’s an inexpensive ‘just in case’!). And make sure you’ve packed everything you’ll need, particularly things like medication that might be tricky to get in smaller towns.
If something does go wrong and you sustain an injury due to someone else’s negligence, particularly at the airport, on your flight, or in a hotel, you may be able to make a claim. And that’s where we can help – you can get in touch here.
But the most important thing to remember this silly season?
Have fun! Shake off some of the strangeness of this year, reconnect with colleagues, family and friends, and let yourself have a good time.