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Tips for a safer holiday season

Sunday - 12/8/2013, 6:41am  ET

WASHINGTON (AP) -- As you decorate your home for Christmas, the Consumer Product Safety commission has several tips to help you avoid accidents.

First rule: Avoid falls by using the proper size ladder for adding decorations. The CPSC says falls were the top cause of 15,000 holiday decorating injuries during November and December of last year.

Live trees need to be kept away from heat sources and watered every day. The CPSC says that every year fire departments respond to fires where the Christmas tree is the first item that burns.

To prevent fires, the agency says you should throw out holiday light sets that have broken sockets, fraying cords or bare wires.

It also reminds you to put candles where children or pets can't reach them and always extinguish them before you go to bed, leave the room, or leave the house.

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006-w-36-(Jerry Bodlander, AP correspondent, with Kim Dulic, spokeswoman, Consumer Product Safety Commission)--The Consumer Product Safety Commission has some suggestions for avoiding accidents as you decorate your home this holiday season. AP correspondent Jerry Bodlander reports (8 Dec 2013)

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