Miniature lights, decorations and even gifts meant to be fun and joyful can also be dangerous and unsafe when not used properly or when not up to applicable manufacturing standards, CSA International says.
Statistics show people need to understand seasonal dangers and take appropriate precautions. In fact, each week, fire kills eight Canadians, and residential fires account for 73 percent of these fatalities. These residential numbers spike around the holidays. Why? Unsafe decorations, Christmas tree and house lights and even counterfeit products can put people at risk.
As they try to stretch their budgets, people sometimes are attracted to lower discount-store prices, so unsafe, untested and uncertified counterfeit products can end up under the tree and cause fires.
Here are CSA International's top tips to have a safe holiday season.
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