For Over 30 Years

Aggressive Personal Injury
Legal Representation

blog home Product Liability CPSC Issues Holiday Decorating Safety Alert

CPSC Issues Holiday Decorating Safety Alert

By Grant Law Office on December 21, 2011

Part of the fun during the holidays is decorating the house and, of course, the Christmas tree. But decorations and decorating are not without their risks. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) receives hundreds of reports of injury and/or property damage every year during November and December as the result of Christmas tree and candle fires, broken ornaments, and other dangerous situations. In order to help families and their homes stay safe and avoid personal injury this decorating season, the CPSC and Underwriting Laboratories (UL) offer the following decorating tips:

  • If you are buying a live Christmas tree, check for freshness. A dry tree is a fire hazard.
  • Set up your tree away from heat sources, such as radiators, fireplaces, and vents.
  • If you are going the artificial route for a tree, make sure it is labeled as “Fire Resistant.” Remember that this does not mean “fire proof,” however.
  • Decorate the tree with ornaments and trimmings that are safe for small children. Nothing sharp, heavy, or inordinately fragile, and nothing with small, easily removable parts that a child could put in their mouth/eat.
  • Always supervise burning candles.
  • Make sure candles are placed on stable, heat-resistant surfaces that are inaccessible to pets and children.
  • Only use lights that have been safety tested by a legitimate, nationally recognized testing lab, such as UL. Lights that have passed the UL safety tests will have the UL holographic label on them.
  • Check every set of lights for damage, such as frayed or exposed wires, cracked or broken sockets, or loose connections. Damaged lights should be thrown out.
  • Never use electric lights on a metallic tree.
  • Make sure you are using the appropriate extension cord.
  • Make sure you are using lights as they are intended. Some lights are for indoor use only; others are certified for outdoor use.
  • Use caution with “fire salts” that create colorful flames when added to wood fires. They can be very dangerous if swallowed as they contain heavy metals.
  • Never burn wrapping paper in the fireplace as they can easily cause a flash fire.

These tips can go a long way in keeping your family and your home safe this holiday season, but, unfortunately, they cannot prevent every injury accident. If you or a loved one has been injured in Georgia as the result of defective holiday lights, decorations, or any other product, the dedicated product liability lawyers in Atlanta at The Law Offices of Wayne Grant, P.C., can help you obtain maximum compensation for your losses. Call us today at (404) 995-3955 to speak to one of our attorneys about your potential claim.

Related Articles:

Posted in: Product Liability

Contact us today for a free and comprehensive case evaluation.

We require no legal retainer or upfront fees,
and you pay nothing unless we prevail.

Phone: (404) 995-3955

Our Results

Wrongful Death Day Care Case

View More

Firm News

Susan G. Komen standing next to a tent

Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure

Kim Grant participated in the Susan G. Komen 3-Day for the Cure, walking over 60 miles over three days and raising ...

Habitat for Humanity Employee

Habitat for Humanity

Kim and Wayne Grant have worked on two Habitat for Humanity Houses and look forward to working on more ...

Baby in Child seat

Grady Hospital Volunteer Work

Kim Grant has donated volunteer hours in Atlanta, including rocking babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Grady ...

Read more news

Our Blog


Determining the Fault of an Elevator or Escalator Accident

Elevator and escalator accidents can be devastating, causing severe injuries that can result in life-long consequences. To ensure…


What Are the Damages in Georgia Wrongful Death Cases?

Losing a loved one is an immensely painful experience that can cause unimaginable grief and emotional distress. In…


How Drivers Should Adjust Their Driving During Bad Weather

Georgia’s unpredictable weather can turn a routine commute into a hazardous journey. As a result, it is crucial…

Read more news
Grant Law Office

Grant Law Office Disclaimer: The legal information offered herein by Grant Law Office, is not formal legal advice, nor is it the formation of an attorney client relationship. In order for our firm to be considered your attorney there must be a signed agreement between the client and the firm. Any results set forth herein are based solely upon the circumstances of that particular case and offer no promise or guarantee on the outcome of any other case. Please contact a lawyer for a consultation.

© 2023 Grant Law Office - All rights reserved.

Photos by Carroll Morgan - Buckhead On-Site Photography | Website Design and Legal Internet Marketing by: SLS Consulting SLS ButterflyScholarship
*Wayne Grant has been practicing law since 1979. Grant Law Office was founded in 2000.