Palm Beach burn injury lawyers say holiday fires cause deaths in U.S. homes

South Florida injury attorneys for Justice say Americans are burned every year. Holiday fires are preventable according to U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

December 19, 2008, West Palm Beach, FL ( holiday fire safety advocates for (JNF) and Palm Beach County burn injury lawyers report thousands of U.S. Consumers suffer decoration related burn injuries during the holiday season every year. Approximately 11,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms during the holiday season from burns, falls, cuts, and electrical shocks every year. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates an average of 240 fires, involving dried out Christmas trees result in 16 deaths and $13 million in property damage every year during the holidays.

South Florida holiday burn injury attorneys and West Palm Beach fire safety advocates for Justice assert injuries, plus millions of dollars in property damage related to holiday decorating hazards, are preventable. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), a consumer safety advocacy organization, urges all consumers to follow these safety guidelines when decorating their trees and hanging lights:

-ONLY buy fake trees with Fire Resistant labels
-ONLY buy fresh live trees
-ALWAYS stand trees away from fireplaces, vents, and radiators.
-ONLY use non-combustible or flame-resistant materials when tree trimming
-Avoid using sharp or breakable decorations in homes with children
-Avoid artificial snow sprays because of lung irritation and flammability
-ONLY use lights with a UL or ETL/ITSNA label
-Check ALL lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections.
-ONLY use outdoor lights certified for outdoor use
-ALWAYS turn off all holiday lights and decorations when leaving the house and going to bed.

JNF holiday decoration safety advocates and Palm Beach burn injury attorneys urge all consumers to follow the CPSC safety guidelines for a safe and injury free holiday season. If you have been injured because a safety hazard or from defective holiday decorations you may be entitled to compensation for your damages and injuries. Consulting a West Palm Beach, Florida burn injury attorney or defective holiday decorations lawyer may help if you have been injured. is a web site visibility medium allowing lawyers, reporters and other business professionals to communicate with consumers in their communities. JNF correspondents cover a variety of breaking legal news topics including holiday decoration injury cases, burn injury lawsuits, defective holiday product litigation, FDA products recalls/alerts/safety initiatives, personal injury legal actions, and wrongful death lawsuits.

About the Author Justice Seeker

Heather L. Ryan, R.N., C.L.N.C- Heather Ryan is a Certified Legal Nurse Consultant with 15 years of experience in the health care industry. Her expertise in reviewing medical records and assisting lawyers with the determination as to whether legal action should be taken provides an invaluable asset to the newsroom. Medical-malpractice, products liability, personal injury and workers’ compensation are some of the recent areas of litigation Ms. Ryan has focused her efforts on. A member of the Florida Justice Association, Heather maintains a long list of certifications and credentials to support her areas of expertise and stays up-to-date with her clinical knowledge working as an emergency room/trauma nurse, at a Level 1, Adult/Pediatric trauma and teaching institution in South Florida.