According to the latest statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)*, holiday decorating mishaps send more than 15,000 people to their local emergency room every November and December. The most frequently reported incidents involve falls (34 percent), lacerations (11 percent) and back strains (10%). The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)** estimates that more than half of the 5,800 people who seek emergency room help for injuries from falls while decorating their homes for the holidays are injured in falls from ladders or rooftops while decorating outdoors.
Jim O’Loughlin of Christmas Decor by All American Turf Beauty in Des Moines says that there is a safer, easier way to showcase your home and property for the holidays: hire a professional holiday and event decorating expert. Christmas Decor by All American Turf Beauty, a franchise member of the premier holiday lighting and decorating company in North America, works with home and business owners throughout Iowa to design, install, take down and store top-quality, high impact outdoor lighting and décor to light up the holidays safely and beautifully.
“Our decorators are trained to execute professional-grade lighting displays on high roofs, ladders and in tricky situations,” says O’Loughlin. “Our crews utilize all the latest safety equipment and procedures to operate safely while exceeding what the average homeowner is able to achieve with consumer-grade décor. We can bring your holiday decorating vision to life while helping to eliminate damage to moldings, roofing, architectural elements, and the homeowner, too.”
O’Loughlin adds that the hazards of do-it-yourself decorating are not limited to falls and sprains. Another 4,000 injuries associated with electric extension cords are also reported annually during the holiday season, with half of the injuries involving fractures, lacerations, contusions, or sprains from people tripping over extension cords. Professional decorators are able to minimize this type of risk in outdoor displays with proper installation procedures and regular maintenance calls – all part of the decorating service provided by Christmas Decor franchise members like Christmas Decor by All American Turf Beauty.
“If you do decide to install your own outdoor lighting display, please review the Ladder Safety 101 tips from the CPSC***,” says O’Loughlin. “But for a truly safe and spectacular alternative, turn the job over to a professional and use the time you save to enjoy the holidays with your friends and family.”
For more information on having Christmas Decor decorate your home or business, or to schedule an appointment for a consultation or installation, please contact Christmas Decor by All American Turf Beauty in Des Moines at 515 279-4008 or 1-800-365-8873. You can also learn more at www.christmasdecor.net.