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Decorating Wipeouts

In a recent survey by the Home Safety Council, 82 percent of homeowners admitted climbing on chairs, counters, and shelves—instead of proper stepladders—when decorating for the holidays. Even when using ladders, many people tended to ignore basic safety precautions, such as placing ladders on level ground. Whether you're planting your star atop the Christmas tree or stringing holiday lights outside, keep in mind that about half a million people are injured each year in ladder-related accidents, so be careful.

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