Underwriters Laboratories demonstrates how to spend a minute to ensure holiday safety
Every minute, 17 children visit emergency rooms due to unintentional injuries and, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more home fires occur in December than any other month.
This November and December, Americans are expected to spend approximately $7.5 million every minute on holiday-related items, including gifts and festive decorations. Underwriters Laboratories (UL), a leading independent safety organization, is urging families to dedicate just a fraction of the time and attention spent shopping for gifts and decor to making sure their purchases are being used safely.
Every minute, 17 children visit emergency rooms due to unintentional injuries and, according to the National Fire Protection Association, more home fires occur in December than any other month. The risks associated with cooking, decorating and home entertaining during the holidays make safety more important than ever. UL knows that making small safety considerations on a daily basis can make a huge difference when it comes to a family's well being.
"This is easily the busiest time of year, but it's important to make time for safety while celebrating the holidays," said John Drengenberg, director of consumer safety at UL. "By committing one minute a day to safety, many accidents can be avoided and your holidays will be memorable for all the right reasons."
UL offers the following tips that take less than one minute each to help families recognize, identify and prevent hazards that too often can result in accidents or tragedy.
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