While Christmas songs may proclaim it to be the most wonderful time of the year, the holiday season is also one of countless injuries - many of which result from decorating for the holiday.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), there were approximately 15,000 injuries in the U.S. last November and December, all of which involved decorating. Last year was the fourth consecutive year in which the number of holiday-related injuries was greater than the year before.
"There are about 250 injuries a day during the holiday season," said Robert Adler, acting chairman of the CPSC. "Adding safety to your checklist can keep a holiday tradition from becoming a holiday tragedy."
The CPSC provided several tips that consumers should keep in mind when decorating for Christmas, such as buying a fire-resistant tree, monitoring burning candles and heeding warning labels on ladders.