BWG Consumer Alert: December 2010

Holiday Decorating Tips for Your Family
The holiday season is about family, joy and celebration (and for many of us, tasty holiday food). While Christmas trees, holiday lights and candles are part of the festivities, they can easily become fire hazards. 

Enjoy the season, but take precautions. If you celebrate with a Christmas tree, make a schedule and water it daily. Keep it away from fireplaces and heating sources which will dry it out. Artificial trees are the answer for many people, because they require less attention. Before you buy, look for the "fire resistant" label. 

With any Christmas tree, make sure it is in a safe location and secured so children and pets cannot knock it over. Always keep children and pets away from electrical cords on the tree. Place holiday lights higher up, out of reach. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), one quarter of home Christmas fires are sparked by an electrical problem.

Make sure your holiday lights are working properly. Start by inspecting the cords. Make sure they are in good working condition. If the cords look worn or any of the lights are broken, toss the light set and buy new ones. When buying new ones, remember that holiday lights should be tested for safety by a national testing laboratory, such as ETL or UL. Also, check whether the holiday lights are made for indoor or outdoor use.

Enjoy the holiday lights during the day. Always turn lights off when you leave the room for a long period of time or go to bed.

Visit our blog for more holiday decorating tips.


Welcome to Attorney Sam Segal
Sam Segal Breakstone, White & Gluck is pleased to announce that Sam Segal has joined the firm as an associate. Sam was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 2010 and received his Juris Doctor from Northeastern University School of Law in the spring of 2010. In law school, Sam completed four co-operative internships, including Breakstone, White & Gluck, the Department of Justice in Washington D.C. and the Environmental Protection Agency in Boston. He also worked for two years as the Chief of Special Projects for the Prisoners' Rights Legal Clinic.


Drive Safely This Winter
The snow will start falling soon, bringing back the challenge of cold weather for drivers. Make sure you and your car are ready with these tips:

  • Install good winter tires with adequate tread and pressure.
  • Keep a windshield scraper and small broom in your car for ice and snow removal.
  • Have a well-stocked Winter Emergency Car Kit.
  • Keep a neon safety vest with you in case you have to leave your car and walk.
  • Keep your gas tank at least half-full.
  • Take extra caution in parking lots. 
  • Be patient with snow plows. If you can, wait a few minutes to avoid them.

Read more tips from the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency.


Breakstone, White & Gluck is a Boston personal injury and medical malpractice law firm which represents those injured by the negligence and wrongdoing of others. If you have been injured, learn your rights. A telephone consultation with our lawyers is free. Call today at 800-379-1244.
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