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Firefighters offer holiday safety tips to avoid accidents

Don’t overload extension cords by plugging in too many decorations, and turn off all electrical lights and decorations before leaving home or going to bed.

Candles should be kept away from decorations, curtains, bedding, paper, walls, furniture and other combustible materials.

Place candles away from spots where they could be knocked over by a person or pet.

Use only sturdy, non-combustible candleholders that can collect dripping wax and won’t tip over, and extinguish candles when two inches of wax remains or a half-inch of the candle is in a container.

Never use lit candles to decorate trees and extinguish them when leaving the room or going to sleep.

The Clinton County Firefighters Association advises using wooden or fiberglass ladders when near power lines and electrical wiring as metal ladders conduct electricity.

Make sure the ladder is the correct height for the job by ensuring that it extends three feet beyond the roofline or work surface.

Set the ladder on a firm, level surface, and never exceed the ladder’s weight limit or stand on a step ladder’s bucket shelf.

Only one person should be on a ladder at a time and never carry equipment while climbing. Wear a tool belt or have someone hand equipment to you instead.

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