Christmas Decor by Cowleys
Christmas Decor by Cowleys stresses safety during this holiday season.
Farmingdale, NJ - November 13, 2015
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, every holiday season during November and December about 15,000 people visit their nearest Emergency Department because of a decorating accident. That averages out to more than 250 people every day! Common injuries while decking the halls include broken bones, dislocated shoulders, and torn cartilage. Serious injuries include broken necks and worse.
According to Bill Cowley of Christmas Décor by Cowleys, “Many homeowners are not physically up to the task. They downplay the risks and overestimate their abilities long after retiring their running shoes. Add to that not having the right equipment, not following proper safety practices, inclement winter weather, and even DUI – Decorating Under the Influence – and you have a Christmas recipe for disaster.” Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Christian Balldin on his sports medicine blog offers some sage advice: “Use common sense and caution to stay safe. If you are uncomfortable on a ladder, the holidays are not the best time to push that comfort level.”
If you decide to do your own holiday decorating, follow these safety practices to minimize the chance of injury, whether indoors or on your roof:
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