LINCOLN, RI –It’s always fun to decorate for the holidays, but make sure those decorations don’t pose a safety hazard.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms for injuries related to holiday decorations each year.
"“Holiday decorating is a great way to get into the holiday spirit,” said Lisa Melton, an assistant vice president with Amica Mutual Insurance Co. “But Christmas trees, holiday lights and decorative candles can increase the risk of fire and injury. A few simple precautions can go a long way in keeping your family safe this holiday season.”
Here are some tips for safe decorating:
• Keep artificial and real trees away from heat sources.
• Check all lights for broken bulbs and frayed wires.
• Don’t overload extension cords.
• Use only flame-resistant items to trim your tree.
• Move candles away from anything that can catch fire and never leave them unattended.
• Avoid breakable decorations or items that could pose a choking hazard for young children.
• Never hang stockings or other decorations above a fireplace with an open flame.
"It’s also important to never leave lights on or fires burning if you’re leaving the house or going to bed,” Melton said. “You don’t want a fire or injury to ruin your holiday season, so make sure your decorations are safe. “
Amica Mutual Insurance Company, the nation's oldest mutual insurer of automobiles, was founded in
1907. The company, with corporate headquarters in Lincoln, RI, is a national writer of automobile, homeowners, marine and personal umbrella liability insurance. Life coverage is available through Amica Life Insurance Company, a wholly owned subsidiary. Amica employs more than 3,200 people in 40 offices across the country.
CONTACT: Vince Burks, Corporate Communications, 50 Amica Way,
Lincoln, RI 02865-1155, 800-652-6422, ext. 24563
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