Avoid Holiday Decorating Hazards

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December 05, 2008 LITTLE ROCK - After Thanksgiving, many Americans start to decorate for the holidays, and while decorations add seasonal flare to any home, putting them up can be risky business. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 12,500 people each year are treated in hospital emergency rooms as a result of falls, cuts, shocks and burns related to holiday decorating. Christmas trees are involved in about 300 fires annually. This results in an average of 20 deaths, 40 injuries and about $8 million in property damage and loss. In addition, there are nearly 15,000 candle-related fires each year, which result in 170 deaths and $327 million in property loss. Thus, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel issued this consumer alert to provide Arkansans with some important holiday decorating safety tips.Christmas trees