Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

When you're making your house look festive and fun, follow these safety tips to ensure a happy holiday season.

December 9, 2005 -- As you trim the tree and deck the halls, it's important to take special care to make sure that your holiday traditions stay safe and healthy.

Each year, hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,800 people for falls, cuts, shocks, and burns due to incidents involving faulty holiday lights, dried-out Christmas trees and other holiday decorations, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in an average of 10 deaths, 40 injuries and about $7 million in property damage and loss, the CPSC says.

To keep this holiday season a merry one, follow these decorating safety tips from the CPSC and American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP):

TREES AND DECORATIONS

HOLIDAY LIGHTS

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