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Don't get too lit this holiday season: CPSC says decorating can be hazardous

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Updated December 06, 2018 11:38 AM EST

Editor's note: This story was originally published Nov. 29. We are bringing it back today because Circa's Natalie Grim got to watch Christmas decorations get set on fire.

WASHINGTON (CIRCA) — When you're putting up your holiday decorations, don't forget the lights, the tinsel and the most important thing: staying safe.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission reported that 18,400 decoration-related injuries put consumers in the emergency room last holiday season from Nov. 2016 to Jan. 2017. That averaged out to about 240 injuries per day. The most common injuries were falls, lacerations and back strains.

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To keep your family safe this season, here are a few of the tips the CPSC provides:

  • If you're buying a live tree, check for freshness. If you're going fake, make sure it's labeled "Fire Resistant"
  • Place your tree away from heat sources and monitor water levels, since heat can rapidly dry out trees
  • Keep any candles burning within sight and on a stable, heat-resistant surface where kids and pets can't reach them
  • Check your lights and extension cords for frays, broken sockets or loose connections before using them
  • Do not burn wrapping paper in the fireplace

And of course, make sure you have smoke alarms working properly in every room or bedroom year-round.

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