12 Days Of Holiday Safety: Indoor Decorations

As you trim your tree and deck the halls this Christmas, it’s essential to ensure your indoor decorations and traditions are safe and healthy for the entire family.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that each year, 12,800 people visit hospital emergency rooms for a variety of holiday-related issues, such as faulty holiday lights, falls, and more.

Below are a few tips to keep in mind to ensure the safety of your indoor decorations.

1. Christmas Tree Safety

Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in an average of 10 deaths, 40 injuries and nearly $7 million in property damage and loss, the CPSC says.

Follow these simple steps to avoid fire hazards:

Buy a fire-resistant tree to allow for it to be extinguished quickly.

Never light candles near a tree or in a tree.

Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace, which could cause a flash fire.

Do not leave lights on throughout the night. A short could start a fire.

Keep children and pets safe.

Keep children and pets away from tinsel, as it may contain poisonous lead.

Keep sharp or breakable ornaments away from the bottom of the tree.

Avoid trimmings at the bottom with small parts or that resemble candy.

Be sure to clean any fallen pine needles from the tree.

You should always place a Christmas tree away from your fireplace, radiators and other heat sources. Heated rooms dry trees out rapidly, creating fire hazards

Common Tree Safety Questions

What does UL Listed Mean?

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. is an independent, not-for-profit product safety certification organization. For more than 110 years they have been testing products and writing Standards for Safety. Over 19,000 types of products receive testing annually, and more than 20 billion UL Marks appear on products each year. Worldwide, UL’s family of companies and its network of service providers include 62 laboratories and testing and certification facilities.

What is the NFPA?

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896. The international nonprofit organization’s mission is to reduce the global burden of fire and other hazards.

2. Choking On Tinsel Or Garland

Garland and tinsel are common holiday decorations that can pose a serious choking hazard to young children.

Make sure that you hang them out of reach of small children. Secure them to walls and ceiling fixtures to keep them from falling into range.

3. Christmas Light Safety

Turn off all lights on trees and other decorations when you go to bed or leave the house. Lights could short and start a fire. To avoid shock or electrocution.

Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.

Only use lights that have fuse plugs.

Check each set of lights for cracked sockets, frayed or loose wires and burned-out bulbs.

Do not use more than three sets of lights stranded together.

Never pull or yank lights when removing them.

4. Keep An Eye On The Candles

Keep all candles and matches out of reach of children. Also, be mindful of where you place your decorative, seasonal candles. If you put them on top of a table with a tablecloth, make sure children are unable to pull the tablecloth down.

Remember to put candles in well-ventilated areas with nothing directly on top, behind, or in front of the flame.

How The Carlson Law Firm Can Help

At The Carlson Law Firm, we want you and your family to be as safe as possible this holiday season. If you or a loved was involved in an accident caused by faulty indoor decorations, you may have options for compensation. Contact the attorneys at The Carlson Law Firm for a free consultation. We care. We can help.

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