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Holiday Decorating Safety

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As the holiday season approaches, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is urging consumers to make safety a factor in holiday decorating. Whether it is careful candle placement or checking the warning label on the holiday lights, simple safety steps can go a long way in preventing fires and injuries this year.

Annually, during the two months surrounding the holiday season, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. In addition, Christmas trees are involved in hundreds of fires resulting in an average of 15 deaths and $13 million dollars in property damage annually. Candle-related fires lead the list of hazards averaging more than 12,000 a year, resulting in 150 deaths and $393 million in property damage.

“Holiday decorating-related fires and injuries most often involve defective holiday lights, unattended candles and dried-out Christmas trees,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “We are providing this list of 10 simple safety steps to help keep your holiday home safe.” Read more

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/12/holiday-decorating-safety/

Holiday Cooking Safety PSA

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A cooking fire can turn a holiday feast into a family tragedy, by making safety part of the Thanksgiving dinner recipe; cooks can avoid preventable cooking fires and keep the celebration joyful. Here are some tips to keep your family safe from cooking fires:

  • Stay in the kitchen while food is cooking. Most kitchen fires occur because food is left unattended. Turn off the burner if you have to leave.
  • Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen in case of an emergency and know how to use it.
  • Keep smoke alarms connected while cooking. It can be tempting to disable smoke detectors, especially if they are triggered easily. However, smoke alarms can save lives. Make sure smoke alarms are installed and working.
  • Be extremely cautious if using a turkey fryer. They can pose serious burn and fire hazards. If you decide to use a turkey fryer this Thanksgiving, be extremely cautious and read all the safety tips at cpsc.gov.
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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/11/holiday-cooking-tips/

Window Covering Hazard

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Are your window coverings safe?  Over the weekend, a young child from Damascus, Maryland tragically strangled in a window covering. About once a month a child dies from a window cord strangulation. In recent years, CPSC has recalled more than 5  million window coverings.

Today, we are urging parents to examine all window coverings in their homes. Make sure there are no accessible cords on the front, side, or back of the product. CPSC recommends the use of cordless window coverings in all homes where children live or visit. Watch the video, download our new Safety Alert, and let’s prevent these tragedies.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/11/window-covering-hazard/

Hidden Drowning Dangers


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The end of the outdoor swimming and pool season doesn’t mean the end of drowning dangers for young children. After pools, more children drown in bathtubs than in any other product in and around the home. Children can drown in only inches of water in bathtubs, baby seats or bathinettes, buckets and pails, landscaping or yard products, and other products found in and around the home. The majority of reported in-home drownings and non-fatal submersion incidents in homes involved children younger than 2 years old. See CPSC’s staff report on young children’s drownings and non-fatal submersion incidents in homes.

Parents need to know that water anywhere is a potential drowning hazard to children. A lapse in supervision by caregivers is the leading cause of preventable children’s in-home drownings. Never leave young children alone, even for a moment, near any water.

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This address for this post is: http://www.cpsc.gov/onsafety/2009/10/in-home-drowning-dangers/