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Your Christmas lights just became a lot more expensive.

A ruling issued on Monday by the Consumer Product Safety Commission claims certain decorations are a “substantial product hazard.” The 39-page report lays out specifications for acceptable seasonal lighting — and it all points to big price increases for seasonal lighting products.

The claim is that Christmas lights are dangerous. Almost 300 deaths have been linked to Christmas lights over the past 30 years. The CPSC claims the new regulations will cut down on fatalities associated with Christmas lights.

The ruling includes but is not limited to “stars, wreaths, candles without shades, light sculptures, blow-molded (plastic) figures, and animated figures.”
The CPSC ruling says a product will be noncompliant if it doesn’t “contain any one of three observable characteristics – minimum wire size, sufficient strain relief, or overcurrent protection”.

All “solar-powered products” have been exempted.

To make the ruling more understandable, the CPSC outlined a definition of a Christmas bulb stating, “Lighting products within the scope of the rule are typically used seasonally and provide only decorative lumination.”

“The products typically are displayed for a relatively short period of time and are then removed and stored until needed again.”

This is taxpayer money “at work” folks.

The CPSC maintains the ruling is listed as a “voluntary standard.” Manufacturers and retailers, however, may face possible civil and “criminal penalties” for failing to report products that are not in compliance with the new regulation

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Carlo Klemm

Careful. They'll come after your sleigh bells next. Might fly off and hit a child in the ear

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Elf Without Jingles

Great! And I'll lay ye tuppence it could also mean we'll be arrested for merely jingling our bells next. This is why nothing surprises me anymore; I've grown so cynical across the miles, I wonder if we'll ever find new ways to  be nice to each other!

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Santa Ron Lane

We as a nation and specifically our leadership are always looking to blame someone else for what WE do. To blame the manufacturer for misuse of a product or failure to keep the lights in good working order is just plain stupid! Kinda like blaming the bar owner for a DUI. Next they will go after the makers of the alcohol. Hey people we have to take responsibility for our own actions!!!! Don't blame someone else for your stupidity. 

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Santa Bob of Tulsa

You know during the holidays a lot of your big box stores like Lowe's and Home Depot offer Christmas lighting at very low prices. To meet market they import a lot of this from overseas and I don't feel always from the best of manufacturers. So I don't mind it that standards are trying to be raised to protect us from low-quality lighting and items that could cause harm. If it takes some lighting off the market that everybody wishes was still available. Maybe they need to think about how lucky they are they weren't harmed by what's been removed.

Frankly considering the lighting my dad put up when I was a kid I'm surprised any of my family are still alive.

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Eileen Strom

We as a nation and specifically our leadership are always looking to blame someone else for what WE do. To blame the manufacturer for misuse of a product or failure to keep the lights in good working order is just plain stupid! Kinda like blaming the bar owner for a DUI. Next they will go after the makers of the alcohol. Hey people we have to take responsibility for our own actions!!!! Don't blame someone else for your stupidity. 

 

 

While I agree with you, people are also under the mis-conception that because it is sold someplace, it must be safe to use. I have no problem with wiring for instance, having to meet certain minimum standards.

However, when a product for example, states that it is for indoor use, and then you use it outdoors or in some other fashion than it intended purpose (like stringing 10 or more strings of light together on your indoor tree), it shouldn't be the Mfg's fault that you are an idiot and get hurt, burned, or other mishap occurs to yourself or structure that the items were on.

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Morgan Putnam

300 deaths in 30 years works out to an average of 10 deaths a year.

 

In a country of 226 million (in 1980) to 308+ million in 2010.

 

Split the difference and say a country average population of 267 million people averaged 10 deaths a year for 30 years.

 

For a little perspective on ways to die:

 

1.  Fireworks Discharge Lifetime Odds: 1 in 340,733
2.  Flood Lifetime Odds: 1 in 144,156
3.  Earthquake Lifetime Odds: 1 in 117,127
4.  Lightning Lifetime Odds: 1 in 79,746
5.  Legal Execution Lifetime Odds: 1 in 62,468
6.  Hornet, Wasp, or Bee Sting Lifetime Odds: 1 in 56,789
7.  Hot Weather Lifetime Odds: 1 in 13,729
8.  Alcohol Poisoning Lifetime Odds: 1 in 10,048
9.  Accidental Electrocution Lifetime Odds: 1 in 9,968

10.  Accidental Firearm Discharge

Lifetime Odds: 1 in 5,134

 

http://dying.about.com/od/causes/tp/leastdying.htm

 

 

So...yeah.  We really need to be protected from those Christmas tree lights.

 

But I suppose that's a lot easier than say...regulating the financial sector to prevent corruption, melt-downs, and taxpayer funded bail-outs; or keeping our promises to veterans who fight our wars.

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Santa Marty

You mean to tell me that you can't see that these lights have to do with Christmas, and Christians.

Our country has slowly but surely becoming anti Christian. When a power can not socially change some thing which it desires it simply makes it too expensive for the citizens to afford it and thus the change happens.

Gasoline, light bulbs, paint, toilets and the real prize....... All things Christian. Christianity teaches us to care for and take care of each other. Also, Christianity teaches to be self sufficient. Government wants its citizens to be dependent on the government, thus creating a need for its existence.

30 deaths per year attributed to Christmas lighting out of 300 million is just a smoke screen, especially when some if not a lot of the deaths are due to the misuse of the product.

Years ago, when the church was much more a part of peoples lives, the church

Itself assisted its parishioners, fed them, helped them find employment, housing or even

food, child care, elder care. Nowadays the government feels it is best if it supplies these things, and from where? The government does not create anything, nothing to sell, nothing to add to the GDP. Government only takes money from you and me, and gives it someone else.

Christmas lighting will be more expensive & fewer people will openly celebrate Christianity........."Mission

Accomplished". You can't keep a person from being stupid, back in the day every village had an idiot and eventually they would do something stupid and kill themselves and someone else would take their place. When you attempt to protect the idiots, you end up with a village of idiots and so on until that's all you have is a nation comprised of idiots.

I apologize for attempting to make a simple post and let it become a rant. Now concluded.

Please excuse spelling, typing, and punctuation errors. It's difficult typing with thumbs on a phone.

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Santa Joel

Marty, I agree with you about the government taking over areas that churches use to take handle, plus the churches used to own and maintain the cemeteries for its members.

I've been kinda down on some churches. They don't provide much of the support they used to but they will still harp on you paying your tithes.I drive the same vehicle for the last 10 years and the upper church "leaders" swap out for a new one every couple of years and most, don't work forty hour weeks.

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Eileen Strom

I've been kinda down on some churches. They don't provide much of the support they used to but they will still harp on you paying your tithes.I drive the same vehicle for the last 10 years and the upper church "leaders" swap out for a new one every couple of years and most, don't work forty hour weeks.

 

...it would seem that you do not belong to a Catholic Church...Most if not all the priests I know (as well as nuns), hardly drive anything other than utilitarian vehicles and most are also older models. But let me tell you the mega church people sure have the latest and greatest from their $600 suits to fancy cars.

 

...and Marty, your post above (#8), was exactly what went thru my mind when I read the title of the post!

 

But we have gone from being a nation of church goers and legal laws, to one of of naysayers, PC-ness and regulations.

Which by the way have all the teeth of laws although none of these people in these organizations has been elected or is part of the Congress which only has the power to create and pass laws (and don't get me started on the Constitutionality of the laws that these idiots pass!), and, the said organizations that passes the regulations also get to be the judge, jury and executioner of them!

 

I will get off my soap box now....

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Santa Magic

There are a lot of ways to look at this issue, but ultimately the true question is why?  Why is this the problem that needs to be addressed in our modern world?  Once again the Federal Government is finding a way to infringe upon the lives of the people instead of focusing on real issues and problems.  With a devalued currency, a government swimming in debt, a nation with little foreign direction or comprehensive policy, a bloated federal payroll, a diminished workforce, racial tension and issues causing riots and panic, terrorist issues, and questions of war, the focus is on Christmas lights.  It seems like politicians can't solve real problems, so they worry things they can control!!  Your christmas lights!!!

 

If lights are assembled improperly, people don't buy them or the agency of the government designed to look into consumer safety is called in to do its job.  People won't buy them.  Products leave the marketplace because if they cause problems, the problems cause customers to run from buying them.  No matter the amount of "safety" we build into a product, if they are used inappropriately, there is nothing that can save those people from being injured.

 

Notice the program is voluntary except manufacturers will get fined if they do not "voluntarily" comply.  Kind of sounds like your income taxes.  When we file each year, our forms are voluntary.  We don't have to fill them out, but we do only because we are afraid of the IRS looking into our lives and ruining our homes.  So I am supposing if fined, the manufacturers will be ably to voluntarily pay the fine since they aren't being forced to do something?

 

Sad the most important thing this government has to worry about is christmas lights.  And the .000000003% of Americans who may get hurt next year from a incorrect use of the lights they bought.   You can't regulate stupid!

Thanks federal government.

 

Sorry to be political, but this bothers Santa Magic a lot!  

Off to feed the reindeer.........

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SCSanta

I am guessing that the parent of a child who is hurt or killed by a malfunctioning Christmas  light or any other product that was not properly made and inspected could really care less about paying a few cents more or that their child was just a negligible national statistic. I know the measure of what is right or what is important is all about perspective, context, and perception...I just wouldn't want to be the one to explain that there was something that could have prevented a tragedy, and that option was ignored.

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