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Published on Dec 16, 2011 by Edgar Snyder

Keep Your Holidays Merry and Bright by Avoiding These Decorating Dangers

Holiday decoration dangers

While ‘tis the season to hang lights from atop your home and adorn your trees with homemade ornaments, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, some of these simple decorating activities can lead to emergency room visits and serious injuries.

Government officials estimate that more 13,000 people visited the emergency room for holiday-related injuries last November and December, an almost 10% increase from the year before. Injuries included falls from ladders, cuts from broken glass ornaments, and burns from Christmas tree fires. This year, take a few precautions to prevent these decorating disasters from happening to you. I've made a list of some of the things you can do to stay safe:

  • If you're buying an artificial tree, look for one that is labeled "fire resistant."
  • Never leave your tree exposed to open flames from candles or fireplaces.
  • Water your tree often so the needles do not begin to dry out and make your tree more susceptible to fires.
  • Only buy lights that have been tested for safety. Also, check your lights for blown bulbs or frayed wires before hanging them on the tree.
  • Use no more than three standard-size sets of lights for every extension cord.
  • Don't go on the roof to hang lights if there's an accumulation of snow or ice.
  • Fasten all outdoor lights securely to your trees, house, walls, or other firm support to protect from wind damage.

For more tips I encourage you to visit wintertime safety. Have a happy and safe holiday season.

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