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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Do Your Lights Pass the UL Test?

Don't use holiday lights unless they have cleared the strict safety tests conducted by Underwriters Lab or another established testing facility, Palosky says. Lights checked by the independent testing company are marked with a holographic UL label. A red label means lights can be used indoors and out, while green means indoor-use only.

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