2023 Holiday Safety Guide

2023 Holiday Safety Guide

The holiday season brings joy, but also poses safety risks. As experts in safety for over 120 years, we've developed this guide to keep your holidays merry, not scary.

A car driving forward on a long windy road
Our 120th Anniversary

Reflecting on 120 Years and
Looking at the Road Ahead

A note from ULSE Executive Director, Dr. David Steel 

children playing with a smart watch

One Year Later: Reese’s Law Advances Child Safety in
Small-Battery Products

Revised standard combats increasing coin
and button cell battery ingestion accidents

Woman wearing VR goggles
UL 8400

New Standard Helps Guide Safe Development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality, and
Mixed Reality Devices

Safety Science in Action

To create a safer, more sustainable world, data and scientific discoveries must be amplified and translated into action.


That's what we do at UL Standards & Engagement. Through data analysis, expert testimony, and deliberation, we work to bring members of standards technical panels into alignment on a common set of safety requirements. 


Distinguished by our independent research and scientific acumen, we’ve been driving cutting-edge science into practical safety guidance since we developed our first standard for tin-clad fire doors in 1903.

Remote video URL

We develop and publish consensus standards that help guide the safety, performance, and sustainability of new and evolving products, technologies, and services that range from household appliances, smoke alarms, and batteries to building materials, cybersecurity, and autonomous vehicles.


Delivering Standards for Safety, Performance, and Sustainability

Safety standards are documents that outline the process through which a product or service is tested and evaluated to confirm its compliance with requirements that help to instill safety, security and sustainability. Since publishing its first standard in 1903, UL Standards & Engagement has developed more than 1,700 standards. In extending its global public safety mission, we partner with national and regional standards bodies in countries around the world to build a safer, more sustainable world.


Accredited Standards Developers in Canada and the U.S.

We are proud to be an accredited standards developer in Canada and the U.S. and authorized to develop national standards for Mexico. This means that we are able to develop standards to advance safety, performance and sustainability to meet stakeholder needs and bridge standards development gaps across much of North America. 


Our Stakeholders

Stakeholders are essential to the development and maintenance of UL standards through their voluntary service on our technical committees and technical panels to share expertise and achieve consensus. We convene manufacturers, retailers, consumers, trade associations, regulators and other authorities from around the world to capture varied and vested interests across different groups. This approach enables input, reviews, and open discussion from wide-ranging perspectives — all facilitated by our non-voting standards development organization.

As an accredited, globally influential standards development organization, we apply research and safety science to keep pace with new discoveries and technology.