Savings Secrets: Holiday decorating injuries up to 250 times a day, and how you can “deck the halls” safely
The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that there are 250 injuries a day related to decking the halls. Last year, there were 15,000 injuries between the months of November and December 2012.
That’s a lot of accidents that don’t necessarily need to happen. Just looking at those statistics makes me think of the poor guys from Home Alone, when Kevin decides to make his home a disaster zone to protect it from would-be robbers.
While most of us know not to put ice, tar and nails out….here are 10 tips to help you avoid some less obvious holiday decorating injuries…
1. When using a ladder, make sure you follow these safety guidelines: Always put it on level ground, check to make sure none of the rungs are any other parts of the ladder are broken, don’t use a metal ladder near electrical lines, don’t have more than one person on the ladder, and always have a spotter at the bottom to help keep you safe.
2. Don’t use any holiday lights that are visibly damaged.
3. Don’t use extension cords that are visibly damaged.
4. Water your live tree frequently so that it doesn’t become dried out. This keeps it at a lower risk of becoming a fire hazard.
5. Keep lighted candles on heat-resistant surfaces and out of the reach of children. And definitely don’t have your fire or candles really close to that live tree.
6. Don’t burn wrapping paper in the fire place. It has a tendency to release more sparks that could ignite, fly through the house, and catch other things on fire.
7. If you use a fake tree, make sure you get one that is fire resistant.
8. If you have young children, make sure to avoid hazardous/breakable ornaments that could bust and cut someone.
9. If your child is really, really young, make sure to avoid ornaments that look like food or candy. We don’t want the baby swallowing that ice cream shaped ornament (I may or may not be speaking from experience here…).
10. Avoid artificial snows as much as possible. They can irritate the lungs if inhaled.
So now that you’ve got some tips, go deck those halls. And now that I’ve thought of it, I’m going to go watch Home Alone on Netflix with the kids. Have a Happy Holiday, ya filthy animal!
Crystal Collins, a Savings.com DealPro, is an Atlanta local, adventurer, a health advocate and thrifty as can be. Check her out on her blog at TheThriftyMama.com. Crystal also works as a consultant for Savings.com on the Favado grocery program.