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Each year in the U.S., at least 12,000 Americans seek emergency medical attention after falling or getting hurt while decorating for Christmas. This is according to officials at the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) who have also pointed out that, during an average holiday season in the U.S.:

Christmas Decorating Safety Tips from the CPSC

  • About 250 people are injured every day in holiday decorating accidents and mishaps.
  • More than 1 in every 3 emergency room visits related to holiday decorating accidents involves a falling injury.
  • In the worst cases, these falls can result in serious bone fractures and/or traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).
  • Other common injuries for which people seek emergency care (as a result of holiday decorating accidents) include lacerations and back strains.

How to Avoid a Falling Accident While Decorating for the Holidays

To avoid hurting yourself as you decorate for the holidays, here are some tips from the CPSC:

  1. Know your physical limitations before getting started – Do you have back problems, balancing issues or other physical limitations that could increase your risk of a falling accident? Or are you taking medications that could cause vision or balancing issues? If so, you may want to keep your decorating limited to the regions you can reach from the floor/standing position and get help for putting up decorations in higher places (like on roofs, the tops of tall trees, etc.).
  2. For outside decorating, check the weather first – If you have big plans to hang up lights and other festive decorations outside, make sure you check the weather conditions before getting started. This can help you avoid icy, wet and slick conditions that could increase your risk of a slip and fall off of the roof.
  3. Familiarize yourself with ladder safety practices – If you will be climbing up a ladder to put up any of your holiday decorations, make sure that, first, you are using a safe/stable ladder and that, second, you are prepared to practice proper ladder safety. This includes (but is not limited to) keeping three points of contact with the ladder at all times and never scaling a ladder that is not resting flatly on the ground.
  4. Get some help – If you want to take the lead in decorating for Christmas, try to get at least one other person to help you, as an extra pair of hands and eyes can go a long way to staying safe. Alternatively, if you can afford it, consider leaving more elaborate (or risky) decorating to professionals.

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