Well, here's some not-very-merry news: Last year, holiday decorating led to about 15,000 injuries, according to a new report from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. On top of that, 2012 was the fourth consecutive year in which estimates on the number of holiday-related injuries increased. Who knew hanging lights could be so hazardous?
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The most common decorating-induced injuries involved falling (34 percent) and lacerations (11 percent). Ouch! What's more, from 2009 to 2011, fire departments across the country responded to an average of 200 fires per year for which a Christmas tree was the first thing that had ignited. Not to be all Grinchy, but staying safe is way more important than having picture-perfect decorations.
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To prevent holiday-related injuries, the CPSC recommends getting rid of lights that have broken sockets or bare wires, as well as brushing up on ladder safety. Visit the CPSC website for more tips on how to safely decorating your house and tree this year so you and your family can have a festiveÃ¢â‚¬”but safeÃ¢â‚¬”holiday.
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