CPSC: 15,000 Holiday Decorating Injuries Recorded Every Year
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning that people be safe as they put up and take down their holiday decorations.
Holiday Injury Statistics
According to the CPSC, and estimated 15,000 people were seen in emergency rooms following accidents involving holiday decorations between November and December 2012. This averages to about 250 injuries per day.
This marked the fourth consecutive year that the number of injuries has increased. In 2009, 12,000 emergency room visits were recorded.
Among the most frequent holiday decorating-related injuries recorded were falls, lacerations, and back stains. Additionally, 200 Christmas tree fires were recorded between 2009 and 2011 resulting in 10 deaths.
Holiday Safety Tips
In order to avoid injury this holiday season, the CPSC urges consumers to heed the following safety tips:
- Follow warning labels on ladders.
- Check Christmas trees for freshness. Dried out trees are more likely to catch fire.
- Place Christmas trees away from heat sources.
- Use lights that have been tested. Look for the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) or Intertek (ETL) labels.
- Be sure to differentiate between outdoor and indoor approved Christmas lights.
- Check all extension cords for cuts or signs of fraying.