Holiday Decorating Can be Dangerous!
The CDC analyzed data from the National Electronic Injury Surveillance System All Injury Program (NEISS-AIP) and found that about 17,465 persons were treated in emergency rooms for non fatal injuries from 2000 – 2003. (November 1 to January 31)
Most of the injuries involved falling off ladders while hanging holiday decorations. This might be the perfect statistic to use when you are asked to put up outside lights!
If you insist on keeping with the spirit of the holidays follow ladder safety rules listed in the MMWR Dec 10 2004 Vol.53(48) 1127-1129.
These are good ladder rules for Mardi Gras as well.