Christmas Decoration Safety
The next few days the weather is going to be quite nice so get out and finish your Christmas decorations. But be safe!
Every year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries related to holiday lights, such as falls, cuts and shocks.
In addition, candles start about 11,600 fires each year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1,200 injuries and $173 million in property loss. 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.
Always put candles out! Do not let them burn overnight or out of your sight.
When purchasing an artificial tree, look for a "Fire Resistant." tree.
When purchasing a live tree, check for freshness. A fresh tree is green, needles are hard to pull from branches and do not break when bent between your fingers. The trunk butt of a fresh tree is sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles.
Follow container directions carefully to avoid lung irritation while decorating with artificial snow sprays.
Do not burn wrapping papers in the fireplace. A flash fire may result as wrappings ignite suddenly and burn intensely.