- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is urging Arkansans to make safety a priority as they decorate their homes for the holidays.

McDaniel has issued a consumer alert to help residents remain injury free as they string lights on rooftops and light festive candles.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that each year during November and December, more than 14,000 people are treated in hospital emergency rooms due to injuries related to holiday decorating. Many of those injuries are related to falls while hanging decorations, lacerations from ornaments, strained backs or burns from open-flame candles.

When stringing lights, McDaniel suggests consumers select lights that carry labels indicating they have been safety tested by independent laboratories.

McDaniel also suggests that lighted candles never be used on a Christmas tree.

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