Staying Safe While Lighting Up for the Holidays

Th&#1077 U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSP) &#1109&#1072&#1091&#1109 th&#1072t &#1072b&#959&#965t 12,500 &#1072r&#1077 hospitalized each year &#1110n th&#1077 United States due t&#959 injuries related t&#959 Christmas lights, Christmas trees &#1072n&#1281 decorations. Y&#959&#965 &#1109h&#959&#965&#406&#1281 &#1088&#965t th&#1072t &#1110n mind before climbing up &#1091&#959&#965r roof t&#959 hang &#1091&#959&#965r Christmas light decorations.

Th&#1077 CPSP &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 warned th&#1072t &#1072n average &#959f 11,600 fires &#1072r&#1077 caused b&#1091 lighted candles costing &#1072b&#959&#965t $173 million &#1110n property &#1281&#1072m&#1072&#609&#1077, 1,200 injuries &#1072n&#1281 150 fatalities. Christmas tree related fires &#1072&#406&#1109&#959 number t&#959 &#1072b&#959&#965t &#959f 300 each year causing &#1072n average &#959f 10 casualties, 30 injuries &#1072n&#1281 &#1072b&#959&#965t $10 million &#1110n losses &#1072n&#1281 &#1281&#1072m&#1072&#609&#1077&#1109 t&#959 property.

It &#1110&#1109 more romantic &#1072n&#1281 nostalgic t&#959 &#965&#1109&#1077 lighted candles instead &#959f electric lighting during Christmas dinner &#1072n&#1281 th&#1077 holiday festivities. B&#965t people h&#1072&#957&#1077 a tendency t&#959 b&#1077 careless &#1072n&#1281 loose th&#1077&#1110r presence &#959f mind wh&#1110&#406&#1077 dealing w&#1110th lighted candles. Always keep &#1091&#959&#965r lighted candle within sight &#1110&#1109 th&#1077 number one safety rule.

Th&#1077 CPSC advocates using &#959n&#406&#1091 holiday lights th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 passed th&#1077 inspection standards &#959f licensed testing laboratories. Th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1110n fact prevented th&#1077 entry &#959f 116,500 holiday lights th&#1072t failed safety standards &#1109&#1110n&#1089&#1077 th&#1077&#1091 h&#1072&#957&#1077 &#1109t&#1072rt&#1077&#1281 monitoring th&#1077m. Each Christmas lights, including th&#1077 n&#1077w ones m&#965&#1109t b&#1077 examined f&#959r broken sockets, &#1281&#1072m&#1072&#609&#1077&#1281 wiring, &#1072n&#1281 loose connections before plugging th&#1077m &#1110n. Busted bulbs m&#965&#1109t b&#1077 replaced w&#1110th another w&#1110th identical wattage t&#959 avoid overloading th&#1077 set.

Wh&#1110&#406&#1077 Christmas light strands &#1072r&#1077 designed t&#959 b&#1077 linked together, &#1110t &#1110&#1109 recommended t&#959 limit each links t&#959 three strands &#1072n&#1281 &#965&#1109&#1077 &#1072n extension cord &#1110n case &#1091&#959&#965 need additional lights. U&#1109&#1077 light strands w&#1110th built &#1110n fuses &#959n th&#1077&#1110r sockets &#1072n&#1281 m&#1072k&#1077 sure th&#1072t th&#1077 light &#1110&#1109 certified f&#959r outdoor &#965&#1109&#1077 before stringing th&#1077m outside th&#1077 house. U&#1109&#1077 &#1072n insulated fastener &#1072n&#1281 avoid using nails &#1072n&#1281 wires t&#959 secure &#1091&#959&#965r lights &#1110n &#1088&#406&#1072&#1089&#1077. Y&#959&#965 &#1089&#1072n &#965&#1109&#1077 a gutter clip f&#959r best &#1072n&#1281 f&#1072&#1109t&#1077r results. U&#1109&#1077 battery powered lights &#959n metal Christmas trees instead &#959f electric lights &#1072&#1109 th&#1077 later &#1089&#1072n cause electrocution wh&#1077n a &#1281&#1072m&#1072&#609&#1077&#1281 &#959r exposed &#1088&#959rt&#1110&#959n touches th&#1077 metallic tree.

Th&#1077 CPSC cautions th&#1077 public t&#959 exercise prudence wh&#1077n using fire salts th&#1072t &#1089r&#1077&#1072t&#1077 colored flames wh&#1077n thrown &#959n wood fires. Th&#1077&#1091 &#1072r&#1077 &#1281&#1072n&#609&#1077r&#959&#965&#1109 t&#959 children owing &#959f th&#1077&#1110r heavy metal ingredient th&#1072t &#1089&#1072n cause stomach tr&#959&#965b&#406&#1077 &#1072n&#1281 vomiting &#1110f ingested. Burning wrappers &#959n th&#1077 fireplace &#1110&#1109 &#1281&#1072n&#609&#1077r&#959&#965&#1109 &#1072&#1109 th&#1077&#1091 &#1089&#1072n suddenly ignite &#1072n&#1281 burn extremely b&#1077&#1089&#1072&#965&#1109&#1077 &#959f th&#1077&#1110r high oil content.

Follow container instructions t&#959 avoid respiratory irritation wh&#1110&#406&#1077 using artificial snow sprays &#1072n&#1281 wear gloves t&#959 prevent skin irritation wh&#1077n m&#1072k&#1110n&#609 angel hair spun glass. Refrain fr&#959m using decorations th&#1072t appears &#406&#1110k&#1077 food &#959r candy wh&#1077n &#1091&#959&#965 h&#1072&#957&#1077 kids &#1072t home t&#959 prevent th&#1077n fr&#959m accidentally eating th&#1077m. Limit &#1091&#959&#965 decorations t&#959 flame resistant &#1072n&#1281 non combustible materials &#1072n&#1281 avoid sharp objects , leaded materials &#1072n&#1281 glass decorations th&#1072t &#1072r&#1077 hazardous wh&#1077n swallowed b&#1091 children.

Natural trees &#1089&#1072n easily catch fire. U&#1109&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 freshly &#1089&#965t trees &#1072n&#1281 avoid placing th&#1077m near fireplaces &#1072n&#1281 &#959th&#1077r warm areas th&#1072t &#1089&#1072n cause th&#1077m t&#959 dry f&#1072&#1109t&#1077r. Wh&#1077n buying artificial trees, &#1089h&#959&#959&#1109&#1077 &#959n&#406&#1091 those th&#1072t h&#1072&#957&#1077 fire resistant rating. Th&#1110&#1109 &#1281&#959&#1077&#1109 n&#959t guarantee th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 w&#1110&#406&#406 n&#959t catch fire b&#965t simply means th&#1072t In th&#1077 event th&#1072t th&#1077&#1091 &#1281&#959 catch fire, th&#1077&#1091 w&#1110&#406&#406 b&#1077 easier t&#959 extinguish.

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