Each year the federal Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) seeks to educate consumers about decorating for the holidays in a safe manner.
According to a recent CPSC blog post, lacerations were a commonly reported decoration-related injury last year and more than a third of decorating injuries involved falls. Fires related to holiday lights caused 10 deaths last year.
To help the public, CPSC publishes Holiday Decoration Safety Tips with advice for using candles, lights, trees, trimmings, and artificial snow. The guide encourages, as a general rule, planning for safety – identifying and eliminating potential danger spots.