WASHINGTON, D.C. (WKOW) -- From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission:
The holiday season is here and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to keep safety in mind as they decorate for the holidays. Flickering candles, blinking holiday lights and fragrant evergreens are beautiful staples of the holiday season, but when used improperly, these holiday decorating "must haves" can pose deadly dangers.
Each year, during the 60 days surrounding the winter holiday season, about 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to decoration-related injuries with falls, cuts, shocks and burns topping the list. The National Fire Protection Association estimates that each year an average of 240 fires involving dried-out Christmas trees result in 16 deaths and $13 million in property damage. An average of 13,000 candle-related fires are estimated by CPSC staff to occur annually, resulting in 170 deaths and $390 million in property damage.
"Deaths, injuries and the millions of dollars in property damage related to holiday-decorating hazards are preventable", said CPSC Acting Chairman Nancy Nord. "Keep the holidays festive, by keeping your family and friends safe from harm."
Use the following safety tips when decorating this year:
Trees and Decorations: