Wednesday, December 11, 2013

CPSC Reports Increase in Injuries During Holiday Season, Offers Safety Tips

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that there were about 15,000 injuries related to holiday decorating seen in emergency rooms across the nation during November and December in 2012. Most of the injuries involved falls, lacerations and back strains. CPSC also reports this is the fourth straight year these estimates have increased.

To help prevent injuries during this holiday season (and future ones), the agency lists safety tips to keep decorators safe. Some of the tips include:

  • Heed warning labels on ladders (Read CPSC's "Ladder Safety 101" blog for safety tips).
  • Use decorating lights that have been tested for safety.
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in fireplaces.

Visit the CPSC website to read the complete list.