Thanksgiving weekend is a time when many families deck the halls for the holiday season with lights, trees and candles to create a postcard-perfect celebration. But if these decorations are not properly and safely installed, the end result could be injuries.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), hospital emergency rooms treat about 15,000 people each year for injuries, such as falls and shocks, related to holiday lights and decorations during the months of November and December.
“Holiday decorating is a fun tradition for many families, but if done improperly it comes with serious risks,” said Pam Melton, chief marketing officer for Central EMS. “It’s really important for people to think safety first at this time of year.”
Central EMS offers the following safety tips for the purchase and placement of decorations:
As you put up seasonal décor, remember to make safety a priority and keep the holidays merry and bright.
About Central EMS
Based in Atlanta, Central EMS provides advanced life support, basic life support, critical care and nonemergency transport options from 13 stations throughout the state. Eight stations are located in the Atlanta metro area and its surrounding counties. Central EMS also serves Northeast Georgia from an Athens location; Central Georgia from Macon, Dublin and Newnan stations; and Southeast Georgia from a station in Savannah.
Central EMS transports approximately 50,000 patients annually with 77 ambulances. The company specializes in ambulance transport service between hospitals and other health care facilities, assisted living facilities, skilled nursing facilities and long distance transports, as well as contracts for special event medical coverage. Central EMS currently employs more than 340 EMTs, paramedics, communication and billing specialists.
Central EMS is a regional branch of the national Priority Ambulance network.