Make your list and check the lights twice. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is warning holiday decorators to take a few, simple safety measures.
They offered these tips to make sure your decorations down burn down the house:
- Check Christmas tree lights for damage or fraying
- Light sets should have a label that says they were tested for safety
- Make sure to turn off or unplug lights when you leave the house or go to bed
- Water your tree daily to prevent it from drying out
The CPSC simulated a fire using a dry tree. Within seconds, the entire room went up in flames.
There are about 240 emergency room-treated injuries related to holiday decorating per day in November and December, the CPSC estimated.
For a full list of holiday decorating safety tips visit the CPSC’s website here.