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Ways to stay safe when decorating your home this holiday season

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CINCINNATI - With the nice weather we've been having, many Tri-State residents will be putting up those holiday lights early.

Unfortunately, it's easy to get hurt while putting them up.

9 News is On Your Side, and we caught up with a company who will actually put those lights up for you, keeping you from getting hurt when decorating your home.

"About 10,000 people in America are injured every year installing holiday decorations and of those, they kind of fall into the areas of falls, fires or electrical shocks," said Don Kennedy, president of Pro Master House Repair. "So much so that 150-200 of those end up in fatalities."

The best way to protect yourself from injury when setting up lights is to hire a professional company, like Pro Master, to install them for you.

But most of us will end up decorating ourselves, so here are a few things that you can do to stay safe:

1. Install a ground fault interrupter on your outdoor outlet. That will protect from overload and electric shock.

2. Use the correct lights. Make sure they are outdoor lights. Never use indoor lights outside.

3. Stay off the ladder. If you do have to use the ladder, Kennedy has some advice:

"Make sure you have the correct ladder. Use a step ladder… it kind of looks like an A-frame, and make sure you do not exceed the weight requirement," said Kennedy.

Kennedy also suggests using the new LED lights. They have a low current draw, they're very reliable and you can string more together than the traditional lights, according to Kennedy. Those old school lights can cause a circuit to blow if you string more than three of four together.

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