The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 14,700 holiday decorating-related injuries are treated in emergency rooms every year. This averages to about 240 injuries per day during the holiday season of November and December.
Thomas J. Henry would like to remind you to practice safety when decorating for the holidays. Please be aware of decorating dangers and review the following safety tips.
Safety Tips for Christmas Trees and Decorations
- Check Your Tree for Freshness. If you are purchasing a live tree, be sure your tree is fresh. A fresh tree will be green, and its needles should be healthy. Healthy needles are hard to pull from branches and should not break when bent between your fingers. Also check the bottom of the tree as there should be a sticky resin.
- Do Not Place Your Tree Near a Heat Source. Always place your tree away from heat sources, including fire places, vents, and radiators. Also, heated rooms can rapidly dry out live treats, so be sure to check water levels daily and keep tree well watered.
- For Artificial Trees, Check for “Fire Resistant” Label. While this does not mean the tree if immune from catching fire, it does mean the tree is more resistant to flames and heat sources.
- Use Age Appropriate Decorations with Children. If you have a small child, avoid sharp or breakable decorations. Also, keep trimming s and small removable parts well out of reach of children as they can swallow or inhale the small pieces.
Safety Tips for Decorative Candles
- Do Not Leave Burning Candles Unintended. If you are leaving a room, extinguish all candle prior to exiting.
- Keep Candles on a Safe Surface. If a candle is burning, be sure it is on a stable surface where it cannot be knocked over by children or pets. Also, place your candle on a heat-resistant surface away from items that may catch fire, including plants, decorations, curtains, and furniture.
Safety Tips for Christmas Lights
- Only Use Lights that Have Been Tested. Both indoor and outdoor Christmas lights must meet strict standards that testing laboratories are able to verify. Tested lights will be marked with a seal or label.
- Check for Defects. Always check your lights for broken sockets, frayed or exposed wires, or loose connections. Even new lights should be examined. Throughout any damaged sets.
- Check Extension Cords for Damage. Damage may include cuts, fraying, or exposed wires.
- Use the Right Lights for the Job. Lights are designated as indoor or as outdoor. Make sure you are using the appropriate type of light when decorating. Also, always plug outdoor lights into a ground-fault circuit interrupter receptacle.
Safety Tips for Fireplaces
- Be Careful When Using “Fire Salts.” Fire salts are used to produce colored flames when thrown onto woods. They also contain heavy metals that can cause gastrointestinal irritation and vomiting if ingested. Keep them out of reach from children.
- Keep Wrapping Paper Away From the Fireplace. Wrapping paper burns rapidly and intensely and may cause a flash fire. Never place them near a fireplace, and never put wrapping paper in the fire place.
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