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Prevent Decorating Disasters & Holiday Injuries

Steve Wagner

Did you know that holiday decorations cause over 8700 personal injuries each year? Everything from falling Christmas trees to candle burns to cuts and bruises and shocks from lights and broken ornaments cause these injuries. The National Fire Protection Association also reports that two out of five holiday fires are started by candles alone.

So while you’re decorating for this holiday season, and even during the clean up after the festivities, take a few friendly reminders from Wagner Reese to protect yourself and your kiddos from holiday injuries:

  • If you purchase a live tree this holiday, keep it away from all heat and electrical sources. It’s tempting to load a tree down with lights, but lights and a live tree are a highly flammable combination. If you plan to light a live tree, keep the lights on a timer and only leave them on for short periods of time. Always turn them off when you leave the house, and never let your children operate the lights or plug things into the electrical outlets without supervision.
  • The same basic rules apply for candles and other holiday heat sources. Never leave them unattended, don’t let them burn too long, and be mindful of hot wax, embers, sparks, and other hazards.
  • If you are decorating outside, be mindful of the weather. Setting up electrical wires and lights in wet weather is never a good idea, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry when working from heights. If you are planning to stand on a ladder or on the roof, wait until you have a dry, ice-free day to ensure a good footing. Slip and fall injuries are one of the biggest hazards when it comes to holiday decorating.
  • Watch for breakable ornaments and broken pieces when you are pulling things out of storage boxes. It’s tempting to just jump in and start decorating quickly, especially when you have little helpers, but after the boxes have been moved around and have been in storage, it’s likely that there could be broken pieces in the box. It’s also a good idea to keep a close eye on your little ones while they are helping you with the decorating. Christmas hooks and electrical wires and all of the festive decorations make for extreme hazards when kids are left unattended.

The most important thing to remember is to never rush, to take your time and be observant and careful. Keep yourself and your loved ones safe this holiday when you are decorating! If you have questions about a product liability injury or a personal injury you have suffered, give Wagner Reese a call at (888) 204-8440.


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