Consumer Watch: Holiday decoration safety

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by WHAS11

WHAS11.com

Posted on December 6, 2012 at 6:08 PM

Updated Thursday, Dec 6 at 6:21 PM

(WHAS11) -- Holiday decorations can go from delightful to dangerous in just seconds. New numbers from the Consumer Product Safety Commission point to a recent increase in injuries related to holiday decorations. 

The estimated number of incidents including fires has gone up from 12,000 in 2009,to 14,000 last holiday season.

CPSC estimates Christmas tree fires cost consumers as much as $19 million in property damage between 2008 and 2010. 

A longer stretch between Thanksgiving and Christmas this year means even more caution is needed with with live trees. Consumers are buying them earlier and earlier and that can cause problems.

Often people are having such a great time during the holidays that they forget to water the tree which can lead to a terrible fire. 

In addition to keeping the tree stand filled with water, place the tree a safe distance from heat sources like vents, radiators and fireplaces.

Lights with broken or cracked sockets, frayed wires, or loose connections should not be used on any tree.

Candles should be kept on stable surfaces where kids and pets cannot knock them over, and should never be left unattended.
 

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