Tips to make Christmas decorating safer

POSTED: Monday, December 12, 2011 - 4:43pm

UPDATED: Tuesday, December 27, 2011 - 2:15pm

Decorating your home for the Holidays can be pitfall for less handy people. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe this Christmas season.

Home Depot Electrical Manager David Stringfellow says common injuries when installing lights are falling off ladders, and being shocked by the wrong type of extension cord.

He says every year customers coming into Home Depot to ask him how to repair broken windows and damaged gutters.

He says easy tips like buying the right types of ladders, and making sure they're level when installing lights can save you a lot of headache this holiday season.

"You have to have a firm foundation wherever you do happen to set up a ladder. And frequently, when folks are going around the house, we're talking flower beds which tend to be softer, what you can do is put down a piece of plywood."

Stringfellow says to make sure to have outdoor rated extension cords and routers when hanging lights. He says the best way to tell if your lights are safe for your front lawn is to simply check for labels on the front of your lights box.

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