December 19, 2016
Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating.
In addition, Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires resulting in an average of 15 deaths and $13 million dollars in property damage annually.
Candle-related fires lead the list of hazards averaging more than 12,000 a year, resulting in 150 deaths and $393 million in property damage.
Holiday decorating-related fires and injuries are most commonly caused by defective holiday lights, unattended candles and dried-out Christmas trees.
Here are some tips to help prevent holiday fires and injuries:
Download more holiday safety tips from the Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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