Holiday Hazards

by Brittany Harris on December 2, 2010 at 4:25 am

The holidays are here, but so are the hazards.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, each year emergency rooms treat about 12,800 patients for holiday-related injuries. The Muskingum Valley Red Cross is offering a few safety tips for homeowners to keep in mind as they begin decorating this December.

"When you’re plugging in your Christmas lights, don’t overload the electrical outlets because that is just, there is going to be a disaster there," said Marlene Henderson of the Red Cross. 

Henderson said it’s important to maintain live christmas trees because they can become easily flammable when not properly cared for. She said you might also want to learn something valuable this season.

"Learn CPR, that’s a great preventative measure with the holidays and people in and out, it’s a stressful time, if you know CPR think of a life that you can save."

With the winter months ahead, the fireplace is going to get plenty of use so you’ll want to keep it clean to avoid chimney fires. And as always, make sure your smoke detector is working properly.