Texoma doctor shares tips on installing Christmas lights safely

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DENISON, Tex. (KXII) -- A local Texoma doctor gives some helpful tips on how to stay safe while putting up Christmas lights on your home.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, more than 14,700 injuries each year treated in emergency rooms are holiday related.

Dr. John Sissney with Texoma Medical Center told us falls from being on a ladder are typically the most common injuries seen in the ER.

They have seen those type of injuries be as serious as having fractured backs or spinal cord injuries.

He says they can see about one to three of those type of serious injuries each year.

But there are some ways to be aware when you're up on the ladder putting up those Christmas lights.

"I would say be familiar with your ladder number one," Texoma Medical Center Dr. John Sissney said. "Number two, if you're going to be up on a ladder trying to put Christmas lights on your house, you need to have someone at the base of the ladder holding the ladder certainly and make sure you're on flat ground too as well. I think that's something that's often overlooked is having a ladder on an angle and that really increases the risk for fall as well."

You can also hire a professional to put up the lights for you if you feel unsafe or you can ask local fire departments to help with your lights as well.

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