Holiday Decorating Safety: 3 Common Injuries and How to Avoid Them
Stay safe and enjoy the festive season with these tips
Winter is the season for festive gatherings, family traditions, and holiday bliss. Celebrating the season often means decorating your home, from trimming the Christmas Tree to hanging garland and holiday lights. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), holiday decorating is the top cause of injury during the winter season. In fact, in December 2015 there were approximately 14,000 hospital-related visits for decorating-related injuries.
Below are some tips from Capital Insurance Group, to help you stay safe and enjoy the festive season.
- Slips and falls. Whether you’re hanging lights on your roof or reaching high for your tree topper, slips and falls are very common. To avoid a Clark Griswold situation, never decorate alone. If an emergency happens, you want someone nearby to help or call for help. Be sure to inspect your ladder before you use it and set it up properly on solid, even ground. Have someone hold the ladder steady for you.
- Candle fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, the top three days for home candle fires are Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day. As true no matter what time of year, always keep a burning candle within sight. Extinguish all candles when leaving a room or going to sleep. Never burn a candle on or near something that could catch fire, such as holiday garland, curtains, or bedding. Be mindful of children and pets, and always trim candlewicks before you burn to prevent drips.
- Christmas tree fires. Christmas trees can be very powerful fuel sources. To prevent a fire, choose a freshly cut tree and water it daily, so it absorbs water and does not dry out. Use approved holiday lights and discard any old or broken strings. Avoid connecting multiple extension cords or using combustible or flammable ornaments, such as pinecones. Place the tree away from stairs or heat sources, such as a wood stove or fireplace. Being close to radiators and heat vents can dry out your tree. Always unplug the lights at night or when you leave the house.
While you follow these practices, take it one step further and review your homeowners or renters insurance policy on a seasonal basis. Reviewing your coverage will ensure that you and your visitors are properly covered in the event of a holiday emergency. To learn more, contact your Capital Insurance Group Independent Agent. Not insured with us? To get started by visiting www.ciginsurance.com/agency-locator.