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It is estimated that every year thousands of innocent statues, sculptures and lawn ornaments fall victim to the careless disposal of holiday wreaths in the weeks after New Year's Day. Holiday wreaths make great decorations for the home or garden, but a danger lurks behind their festive exterior. Just like birds and other animals who get stuck in plastic beverage binders, statues and your garden ornaments are at risk of being trapped or asphyxiated if a wreath is not properly disposed of.
"We recommend a full disassemble of any and all holiday wreaths," says Monica Milla, president of the National Holiday Wreath Awareness Week campaign." People don't seem to understand just how dangerous they really are. The nature of statues and lawn ornaments means they can't move and extricate themselves from the wreaths they get caught in."
She stops short of calling for a ban on holiday wreaths, but becomes visibly emotional during today's press conference when she displays a photo of a bear statue and flamingo lawn ornaments caught in wreaths.
If you spot a statue or lawn ornament that has entangled itself in a wreath you're asked not to attempt to remove it yourself, but to contact the authorities. Before throwing away a wreath of your own cut it small pieces to ensure no statue or lawn ornament is trapped by it. National Holiday Wreath Awareness Week runs from January 11-17 every year.