HEALTH FEATURE ARCHIVE
Are You Holiday Safety Savvy?
Are there hidden hazards in your home?
Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees. In addition, there are 11,600 candle-related fires each year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1200 injuries and $173 million in property loss annually. Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in 10 deaths, 30 injuries and an average of more than $10 million in property loss and damage.
CPSC monitors holiday lights and decorations at stores nationwide. Since 2001, the Commission has prevented the import of 116,500 units of holiday lights that did not meet safety standards.
CPSC suggests following these tips to make your holiday a safe one: