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Holiday Decorating: why injuries are common

With the cold weather this weekend, a lot of people may opt to stay home and decorate, but even if you're climbing around inside, remember that the Consumer Product Safety Commission says at least 12,000 people are seriously hurt decking the halls during the holidays.      

They often fall, or cut themselves with broken ornaments.      

Here are some tips from the experts.

"If you're gonna string lights up high, make sure you use the appropriate ladder size," says Kim Dulic with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

"When you bring your decorations out of storage, take a look at them. If you see frayed wires, broken sockets, broken wires, any of those things, the best thing you can do is throw away the decoration," says John Drengenber with Underwriter Laboratories.

 Dried out Christmas trees also make the perfect kindling if there's a fire, watch how quickly an entire room is destroyed.      T

The consumer product safety commission adds, never throw wrapping paper into the fire place because it can cause flash fires.

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