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‘Tis the season for holiday mishaps – burnt desserts, toppled trees, wrapping paper getting just a little bit too close to the fire – especially if you’re accident prone like me (loose extension cords from all those strings of light will be my eventual demise).

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Taking extra precautions throughout the month can be the difference between having a very, merry Christmas and sending a Season’s Greetings from the hospital. Save yourself the trouble by viewing the top holiday safety tips right here: 16 Tips to Avoid a Holiday Decorating Disaster This Season.

Tell us about one of your (or a friend or family member’s) Christmastime blunders in the comments and visit the links below for more on keeping safe throughout the holidays:

Choose and Upkeep Your Christmas Tree
Holiday Energy-Efficiency Tips
Fireplace Maintenance and Safety 
DIY Network: Outdoor Holiday Lighting Safety


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3 Responses

  1. NEM says:

    Like you, I've tripped over the cords a few times already too.

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  3. Lili@HGTV says:

    I constantly worry about my tree lights getting too hot on my tree. I keep my tree well-watered *just* in case.

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