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Myth or Fact? These Holiday Hazards Cause the Most Harm

Thanks to family, friends, gifts, and age-old traditions, the holiday season is full of cheer.

It isn’t until we watch Home Alone, Four Christmases, or National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation that we’re reminded of what can go awry. Between falls from the roof and Christmas tree fires, there’s a lot that can go wrong during all that merriness. 

How dangerous is it to hang holiday lights on your roof? How deadly are Christmas tree fires? People have many misconceptions about holiday hazards, so as safety experts at Vio Security, we wanted to set the record straight. 

We surveyed 1,000 people to see how dangerous or deadly people think common holiday hazards are—and then we shared the stats on how deadly, common, or dangerous each holiday hazard really is. Here are the results.

Which Causes More Deaths: Christmas Tree Fires or Lightning Strikes?

67% guessed Christmas tree fires vs. 33% guessed lightning strikes

Answer: Lightning strikes are more deadly than Christmas tree fires

The public got this one wrong: you are three times more likely to die from a lightning strike as from a christmas tree fire. Each year, there are forty-nine deaths from lightning strikes and only three deaths from Christmas tree fires

What Occurs More Often: Injuries from Candle Fires or Injuries from Snow Shoveling?

69% guessed candle fire injuries vs. 31% guessed snow shoveling injuries 

Answer: Snow shoveling results in more injuries than candle fires 

The majority guess incorrectly on this one too. Each year, more injuries result from snow shoveling (11,500 to be exact) than candle fires (677). Watch out for that pesky black ice, folks.