Safety rates priority when decorating for holidays

TUPELO – With Thanksgiving out of the way, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.
Before pulling the tree and decorations from the attic, you should know that hospital emergency rooms treat about 12,500 people for injuries, such as falls, cuts and shocks, related to holiday lights, decorations and Christmas trees, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
According to the CPSC, decorative candles cause about 11,600 fires each year, resulting in 150 deaths, 1,200 injuries and $173 million in property loss. Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually, resulting in 10 deaths, 30 injuries and an average of more than $10 million in property loss and damage.
Tupelo Fire Chief Thomas Walker said anytime you plug things up or light candles, the chance for a fire increases.
“This is the time of year people are going to start using candles to decorate for the holidays and my advice to them is to be careful,” Walker said. “It only takes a small flame to start a fire. Keep those candles away from flammable objects and don’t leave them unattended. When you leave a room they should be blown out.”
Walker said this time of year is prime time for house fires because now more heating units will be used to heat homes.
So with the upcoming Christmas season, chances for a house fire are increased.

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