What are the most common holiday mishaps resulting in injury?
- Christmas tree fires.
- Holiday light fires.
- Decorating falls.
This post was originally published on 12/22/16 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehension.
The holiday season is a magical time of year, filled with peace and goodwill toward men.
But it also fills our homes with holiday decorations – many of which can increase the risk of fire, injury or accident.
Here’s a look at some of the most common holiday mishaps and how to protect you, your family, and your home:
Holiday mishaps by the numbers
Some of these statistics may surprise you.
The three biggest dangers to your home and safety during the holidays are Christmas tree fires, Holiday light fires and decorating accidents.
- Christmas tree fires are responsible for:
- 13 deaths each year. 27 injuries each year.
- 33% of the fires are caused by an electrical malfunction.
- 20% are the result of a heat source being too close to the tree.
- 11% are caused by candles.
- Holiday light fires are the cause of:
- 8 deaths.
- 14 injuries.
- 73% are the result of an electrical malfunction.
- 20% involve Christmas trees.
- Injuries from decorating falls are common between November and January.
- 43% are the result of falling from a ladder.
- 13% happen when someone falls from a roof.
- 11% occur from falling off of furniture.
Stay safe this holiday season
Here are some tips to help keep everyone safe during the most wonderful time of the year.
- Choose a Christmas tree that’s fresh. The needles should be able to bend without breaking.
- Keep your tree well-watered. A dried-out tree is a massive fire hazard.
- Be sure all your decorations are marked as “flame-resistant” or “non-combustible.”
- Don’t drink and decorate.
- Make sure your ladder is in good working order before you use it to put up decorations.
- Keep lit candles far away from the tree and other decorations.
- Make sure your outdoor lights are actually safe for outdoor use.
Another type of holiday mishap
Sometimes a holiday mishap doesn’t involve injury – except to your carpet.
Spilled wine, sticky candy, snowy feet and paws. Eek.
With extra traffic during the season, your floors may take a beating.
Whether you want to make sure everything’s in tip-top shape before guests arrive, OR you need to do some damage control after they’ve gone, a professional carpet cleaning will be your saving grace.