Watch CPSC Commissioner Dana Baiocco and interior designer Sabrina Soto discuss how to keep your family safe this holiday season. CPSC demonstrations: Menorah candle fire, Christmas tree fire, and turkey fryer.



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Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

  • Stand by your pan. Unattended cooking is the #1 cause of home fires. 

    • On average there are 1,800 cooking fires on Thanksgiving Day each year – that’s 4x the average number on any other day of the year.

  • Keep kids out of the kitchen or away from the cooking area. Keep flammable items like potholders and paper or plastic bags away from the stove/oven.

  • Fry your turkey outside and away from your home - not inside your garage or on your porch. Do not overfill the oil in the turkey fryer. 

    • Over the last two decades, there were about 218 fires or scald/burn incidents involving turkey fryers.

Other Holiday Cooking Safety Tips

  • Don’t wear loose-fitting clothing.

  • Turn pan handles towards the back of the range.

  • Have a fire extinguisher in your kitchen.

  • If a pan catches on fire, cover it with a lid to smother the flames or use a fire extinguisher. Never use flour or water to put out a pan fire. Call 911 if necessary.

  • Make sure you have a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside each bedroom, and outside sleeping areas.

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • Make sure your live Christmas tree stays well-watered throughout the holiday season. If you’re buying an artificial tree, look for the “Fire Resistant” label.

  • Put lit candles where you can easily see them and away from flammable items like curtains. Blow candles out before leaving a room. 

    • From 2014 to 2016, there were about 100 Christmas tree fires and about 1,100 candle fires that resulted in 10 deaths, 150 injuries, and nearly $50 million in property damage each of those years.

  • Only use holiday lights tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory. Throw out light sets with broken or cracked sockets, frayed insulation or bare wires, or loose connections.

Other Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

  • During the 2018 holiday season, there were 5 deaths associated with holiday decorating.

  • About 200 people go to the emergency room each day during the three months surrounding the holiday season.
  • In 2017 about 18,100 people were treated in emergency rooms due to holiday decorating-related injuries.
  • If you’re using a ladder to decorate, make sure it’s on firm, level ground and always have a helper.

    • Last year the majority of holiday-related injuries involved falls.

Holiday Toy Shopping Safety Tips

  • Follow age guidelines and other safety information on the toy packaging. Choose toys that match your child’s interests and abilities.

  • Get safety gear, especially helmets for scooters and riding toys. Helmets should fit properly and be worn at all times.

  • Keep small balls and toys with small parts away from children younger than 3.

  • Keep deflated balloons away from children younger than 8. Throw out broken or deflated balloons as fast as possible.

    • In 2018 there were 17 deaths of children younger than 15 related to toys. Most of the deaths were associated with riding toys and children choking on small parts like small balls and balloons.

    • In 2018 there were about 166,200 toy-related ER-treated injuries.

Toy recalls continue to decline. In 2019, CPSC conducted 12 toy recalls, and only one was for a lead violation. This is an improvement compared to 2008 when there were 172 toy recalls, 19 of which involved lead violations.

Despite being one of the more deadly toys, the number of injuries associated with non-motorized scooters significantly decreased from 2014 to 2018 for children younger than 15.

2019’s recalled toys presented choking, fire, burn, and laceration hazards among other hazards that posed a threat of death or injury to children.

Toys Recalled In 2019:

Other Holiday Toy Shopping Safety Tips

  • Know your seller: Purchase toys from retailers you know and trust.

  • Be careful with magnets: High-powered magnet sets are a safety risk to children, both toddlers and teens. Children have swallowed loose magnets, causing serious intestinal injuries.

  • Ensure stuffed toys have age-appropriate features such as embroidered or secured eyes and noses for younger children and seams that are reinforced to withstand an older child’s play.


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