Every year, more than 500,000 people are injured as a result of falling off of ladders. If you're hanging holiday lights this year, don't do it alone; a pair of helping hands goes a long way to ensuring your safety. Make sure your ladder is level, don't overreach, and don't ascend the ladder with your hands full. Also, as marked on many models, do not step on the two uppermost treads. Close ladders when they're not in use to avoid having kids venture upward without supervision. You might also consider accessories like ladder jacks
for added safety.