12/14/11 – Holiday Decorating Injuries Rise

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Dec 14

Holiday Decorating Injuries Rise

December 14,  2011 – Injuries involving falls from ladders while stringing lights, cuts from broken glass ornaments and other holiday decorating activities are on the rise, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

In addition to falls and cuts, CPSC issued a reminder about the dangers of Christmas trees which can erupt into flames in a matter of seconds if they come in contact with an open flame.  There were about 240 home fires across the country each year between 2005 and 2009 that began with Christmas trees according to the National Fire Protection Association.

Here are a few additional tips for a safe holiday:

  • Live trees should be fresh, with green needles that are hard to pull from the branches.
  • Look for a “fire resistant” label on artificial trees.
  • Purchase lights that have been tested for safety by a nationally-recognized testing laboratory, such as UL.  Inspect all lights for any broken or cracked sockets or frayed wires.
  • Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace.  It could cause a flash fire.

Messa & Associates has handled many slip and fall cases as well as burn, fire and explosion cases which have resulted in significant injuries and death.  Our Philadelphia and New Jersey personal injury attorneys have obtained substantial verdicts and settlements in these matters including $12.25 million, $3.7 million and $2.9 million awards for fire, burn and explosion cases.  If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a fall or a fire, please contact us at 1-877-MessaLaw.

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