Holiday decorations make a home look festive, but improper use can result in injuries, deaths, and property loss.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC): Approximately 1,300 people are treated each year in emergency departments for injuries related to holiday lights-another 6,200 are treated for injuries related to holiday decorations and Christmas trees. Holiday lights cause about 510 fires each year Christmas trees are involved in about 400 fires. More than $170 million in property losses was attributed to candles. About one-sixth of fires started by candles occur in December. Many injuries occur to both adults and children on shopping trips. Each year: About 21,000 children age 5 and under are treated in emergency departments for injuries associated with shopping carts. Escalators, found in almost every shopping mall, are associated with about 6,000 injuries each year, according to the CPSC. Violent crimes can also result in injuries, and the National Crime Victimization Survey found that 12 percent of violent crimes occurred in commercial establishments. Eight percent occurred in parking lots and garages. PLEASE BE SAFE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON!!