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15,000 Holiday Decorating Injuries Last Year

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were an estimated 15,000 injuries and emergency department visits last November and December alone! The injuries were all related to holiday decorating in those two months in 2012. Injuries from falls were the most common, accounting for 34% of holiday decorating-related ER visits. Lacerations made up 11% of the visits and back strains made up 10%. Fires from Christmas trees were also dangerous. 200 fires occurred between 2009-2011. Out of these fires, 10 people died and 20 were injured. Candle-related fires between 2009 and 2011 resulted in 70 deaths and 680 injuries. We remind everyone to please be safe while decorating your home and tree this year! Make sure to turn off all holidays lights at night and when you are not home and remember to extinguish all candles as well! Want more safety tips? Visit our blog on how to safely string your holiday lights! Get more safety tips on the CPSC website.

Andrew Finkelstein

Mr. Finkelstein is the Managing Partner of Finkelstein & Partners, LLP. He has become a noted consumer activist through his representation of injured individuals against corporate wrongdoers and irresponsible parties. An accomplished litigator, Mr. Finkelstein has represented Plaintiffs in wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury cases. He has successfully handled dozens of multi-million dollar cases.