Christmas Decor Stresses Safety for Holidays
Professional Holiday and Event Decorating Specialist Recommends Hiring a Pro for Ladder Use During Holiday Season
LUBBOCK, TX - (Marketwired - Sep 18, 2014) - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates there were 15,000 injuries involving holiday decorating seen in emergency departments nationwide during November and December 2012. Thirty-four percent of those injuries involved falls, many of them falls from ladders. In fact, according to the CPSC, every year, hundreds of people fall from ladders while hanging decorations.
But the holiday decorating experts at Christmas Decor say that holiday decorating doesn't need to be a hazardous activity. As the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America, Christmas Décor provides homeowners with professional holiday and event decorating to help eliminate unnecessary accidents for local residents. All Christmas Decor designers are trained to execute lighting displays on high roofs, ladders, and in tricky situations. Their installation crews are professionally trained and use the utmost of care when decorating a client's home, without damaging moldings, roofing, or architectural elements.
"Homeowners are simply not trained to follow proper safety practices," said Brandon Stephens, President of Christmas Décor, Inc. "Unsafe practices can lead to major injury and even death, turning the holidays from a time of celebration into a time of tragedy."
Stephens always recommends using a professional for holiday decorating because of the potential for injuries due to falling and electrocution, but provides the following tips to improve safe practices for residents who want to manage the task on their own, based on recommendations from the CPSC:
- Use proper climbing equipment. Data from the Centers for Disease Control for 2000-2003 showed that while the majority of holiday decorating falls were from ladders (for example, while hanging holiday lights), these accidents were closely followed by falls from roofs (for example, while mounting an artificial Christmas tree on the roof) and furniture (for example, while standing on a table decorating a Christmas tree, standing on a chair hanging holiday decorations, or standing on a step stool when hanging a tree topper). If you plan to do your own decorating, invest in a sturdy and reliable ladder that can adapt to different heights according to your needs.
- Practice safe techniques. Secure ladders on even ground or use leg levelers. Don't stand on the top three rungs of a ladder, and never reach so far that the buckle on your belt is outside of the right or left rail of the ladder.
- Aluminum and electricity don't mix. If your ladder is metal (including aluminum) it will conduct electricity. If a live wire from holiday lights touches a metal ladder, it can cause electrocution.
- Say "No" to Alcohol and "Yes" to sunlight. Save your celebrating for when the job is done. Alcohol consumption when climbing ladders can lead to injury and death. And, always decorate when the sun is up. Decorating at night is dangerous.
"Hopefully homeowners will leave their holiday decorating to the pros," added Stephens. "If not, we recommend these tips to help keep area residents safe and healthy for the holiday season."
For more information about Christmas Décor, please visit www.christmasdecor.net or call (806) 722-1225.
About Christmas Decor
Since its inception in 1986, Christmas Decor has risen to become the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The Texas-based company was founded by Blake Smith as an off-season supplement to his landscape business and as a method to provide year-round work for employees. Christmas Decor quickly emerged as a viable business opportunity and today, operates in more than 350 markets in 48 states and Canada. Plans are underway to open locations in more than 100 new markets through franchise expansion in select communities around the country. Christmas Decor is highly revered in its field and has received consistent recognition for its efforts; some highlights include having been named one of a Top Ten Home Improvement Franchises for 2008 by Entrepreneur Magazine and AOL Small Business. Christmas Decor's parent company, The Decor Group, also offers the Nite Time Decor franchise opportunity, a growing 30-unit concept specializing in architectural and landscape lighting services. For more information, visit www.christmasdecor.net.
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