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Make holiday safe

December 9, 2013
Weirton Daily Times

'Tis the season for holiday decorating - and decorating-related injuries and increased risk of fire from those decorations. It may sound like something out of a sitcom, but 12,500 people are treated in emergency rooms each year after decorating-related mishaps - nearly half of those from falls, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. U.S. fire departments respond to an average 230 home fires which begin with the home's Christmas tree each year, with an average of four deaths, 21 injuries and $17.3 million in property damage annually, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

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