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by Craig Boerner | Monday, Dec. 3, 2012, 8:28 AM
Holiday lights and decorations bring an increased potential for injury, especially to young children. Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt is offering a host of tips to keep homes safe and prevent holiday-related injuries.
Holiday home safety mishaps account for more than 12,000 emergency room visits each year in the United States during November and December, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The dangers that lurk behind holiday cheer are often associated with electrical safety, tree-decorating mistakes, unintentional poisoning and cooking injuries.
“The holiday season primarily brings an increased risk for fire and burn injuries, since many households use candles or electrical lights to decorate. There is also an increased risk for home fires caused by cooking,” said Sarah Haverstick, Safe Children program manager at Children’s Hospital. “It is important to follow the safety tips provided when decorating, especially with candles and electrical lights, and make sure all young children are under active adult supervision.”
Keep these safety tips in mind as you celebrate the holidays:
For more information about holiday safety and other home safety tips contact the Kohl’s Safety Outreach Program at Children’s Hospital by calling (615) 936-SAFE (7233) or visiting www.childrenshospital.vanderbilt.org/safety. In a poison emergency, call the Tennessee Poison Control Center at (800) 222-1222.
Craig Boerner, (615) 322-4747
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