Decorating your home for Christmas can be dangerous

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 11/20/2012 5:27 pm Published: 11/20/2012 4:28 pm

The scene from the movie, Christmas Vacation where the squirrel jumps out of the tree is funny, but the truth is Christmas decorations can be dangerous.

One of the biggest problems hospital’s see are children putting metal ornament hooks inside their mouth. Experts say it’s better to try and use floral wire to help hang your ornaments.

Mrs. DeHaven’s Flower Shop sits on the corner of 18th and Boston. It’s the oldest flower shop in town and is celebrating its 107th Christmas season. Owner, Amy Adkins loves the holidays, but knows it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful.

"If you think it's pretty, your cat or dog or child is going to think its pretty, and always keep safety in mind with your plants,” says Adkins.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, nearly 10,000 people visit ER’s every year from injuries related to holiday decorating.

"You don't want to be eating Poinsettias or Christmas Cactus Berries or Mistletoe. You don't want your children to eat it and you don't want your pets to eat it,” says Gail O’Connor, Injury Prevention Specialist with St. John Medical Center.

Here’s what you need to know when you’re decorating this year:
  • Always keep your children in mind.
  • Inspect Christmas lights for frayed wires, loose connections and broken bulbs
  • Don’t run an electrical cord underneath a rug
  • Try and trim your tree branches at or below your children’s eye level
  • It’s also a good idea to keep your tree away from fireplaces, heating vents and candles.
For Amy, it’s important not only to keep her customers happy, but also safe during this time of year.

"Over the years you learn better ways to attach ornaments on trees that are better safe and secure,” says Adkins.

Something else to keep in mind is to make sure you’re only putting firewood inside your fireplace instead of burning wrapping paper from your gifts.

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Mayor Maynot - 11/21/2012 11:36 AM
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I'm partial to a tree shaped from fiber optics. Turn it on in a dark room and watch it sparkle all over the room. With LED's it significantly reduces alarm for fire and it's more economic. Still get the aromatic enjoyment of fresh pine with a wreath. A live scotch pine in the yard is always wonderful !!
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