Thursday, November 29, 2007

Fake Tree Myth

Be careful with those fake trees people ... although I realize not many people reading this would have a fake tree. Here's a typical line in a news story about holiday safety:

Getting into the holiday spirit, the CPSC offered these decorating safety tips: Look for a label that says "fire resistant" before buying an artificial tree.

Ummm, there's just one problem with that. Those are just words on a box. There is no test or standard those products must meet before putting those words on a box. Someone should contact the Consumer Products Safety Commission and demand that either they test those products or stop letting their name used like that in news stories. Their rep may take a hit - just yesterday another fake tree caught fire and did $1 million in damage.