16 Tips to Avoid a Holiday Decorating Disaster This Season

Your holiday wish list almost certainly doesn't include a trip to the hospital. Get our tips to help you trim the tree, light up the house and relax by an open fire, without having to worry about injuries to you, the kids or your pets.

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To hang decorations on your house, deploy a ladder extending a minimum of three feet over the roofline or working area, Palosky says. Ladders should be on level, firm ground, with leg levelers added if you're on an incline. A ladder also should be able to carry both your weight and any objects you're hauling, she adds.

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