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Health Tip: Prevent Falls During Holiday Decorating

(HealthDay News) -- Whether you're decorating your home or climbing to stash holiday packages, take care to avoid falls.

Falls are a leading cause of injury among older people. The American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons suggests how you can help prevent them:

    - If you use a ladder, make sure it's of the correct type and height for the job.

    - Check out the ladder before use to make sure there is no damage and nothing is broken.

    - Carry the ladder carefully.

    - Place the ladder in a stable, safe position before you start climbing.

    - Take care to hold onto the rails, avoid standing on the top rung and don't reach too far to the side.

    - Do not climb a ladder if you feel tired or dizzy, or have been drinking alcohol.

-- Diana Kohnle

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