GREENSBORO, N.C. - The holiday season is in full swing.
People are hanging lights and decorating trees.
Before you get into the holiday spirit, you should think about safety.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide in 2012.
That's the most recent data available.
The most frequently reported holiday injuries involved falls, lacerations, and back strains.
The CPSC says there are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season.
For that reason, you should add safety to your holiday checklist before you decide to decorate your home.
Here's some holiday safety tips to help keep you injury-free:
- Read and follow all labels or markings on the ladder.
- Always inspect the ladder prior to using it.
- Before purchasing a Christmas tree, check for freshness.
- Place the tree away from heat sources, such as fireplaces, vents, and radiators.
- Avoid sharp, weighted, or breakable decorations.
- Keep burning candles within sight.
- Extinguish all candles before you go to bed, leave the room, or leave the house.
- Never leave the kitchen when you're cooking.
- Check each set of lights.
- Examine new and old lights for broken or cracked sockets, or loose connections.