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people trip over extension cords resulting in fractures, lacerations, contusion. The CPSC also estimates that about 3,300 residential fires originate in extension cords each year. Here are a few safety recommendations to keep your holiday bright and safe:

Protect Your Family

• Teach your children not to play with plugs and outlets. by Attorney G. Alan Tripp, Jr.

Keep Your Holiday Bright and Safe It’s a magical time of the year and nothing is more important than keeping your little ones safe. Yet every minute, seventeen children go to the emergency room with unintentional injuries – that’s 9.2 million a year. This holiday season, we encourage you to THINK SAFETY and take these simple steps to keep your holiday bright and safe: • Water your live Christmas tree daily • Always blow out unattended candles • Never overload extension cords. It’s often small decisions –a dry Christmas tree, a candle left burning, a mis-

placed or overloaded extension cord – that could have life-changing consequences. When it comes to holiday dangers, the numbers are more startling than you might think. Candle-related fires are one of the most common holiday home hazards, averaging more than 15,000 each year, resulting in death, thousands of injuries and $450 million dollars in direct property damage. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reports that each year, about four thousand injuries associated with electric extension require a trip to the local emergency room. Just less than one half of those injuries happen when

• Use extension cords only when necessary, on a temporary basis and use only extension cords labeled for outdoor use for outdoor applications. • Use polarized extension cords and do not overload extension cords by plugging in lights that draw a total of more watts than the rating of the cord.

By teaching your children about safety and taking these steps you will not only enjoy a bright and safe holiday season but also raise a safer generation of children. Holiday blessings to you and your family and Happy New Year!

• Make sure cords do not dangle from the counter or table tops where they can be pulled down or tripped over. • With cords lacking safety closures, cover any unused outlets with electrical tape or with plastic caps to prevent the chance of a child making contact with the live circuit.





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• In locations where furniture may be pushed against an extension cord where the cord joins the plug, use a special “angle extension cord,” which is specifically designed for use in these instances and never remove the third (round or U-shaped) prong, which is a safety feature designed to reduce the risk of shock and electrocution.

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DISCLAIMER - Nothing in this informational public service article should be construed as giving legal advice and should not be acted upon without first consulting an attorney. Also, this article should not be construed as creating an attorney-client relationship.




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