CLEVELAND, OH. - Holiday decorating can be one of the most joyous times of the year but, according to the CDC, more than 17,000 people will be treated in emergency departments for holiday decorating-related falls.
Doctors said the first rule for staying safe during the decorating season is to stay off of the roof.
The biggest risk they said, is that a person can fall. Especially when getting on a roof or a tall ladder. "Climbing a ladder is very dangerous, try to avoid it if you can," said Dr. Tom Waters, and emergency room doctor. He went on to say that if you do need to climb a ladder, have someone spot you.
"There is adaptive equipment available nowadays that allows you to hang things on gutters and up high. I recommend that you use those to avoid being on the ladder," said Dr. Waters.
Doctors said that when most people think of falls, they think of injuries like foot and ankle sprains, or even broken bones. However, they said it is important to know that falls can also result in more serious injuries to the head, brain or spinal cord, which can be life-altering or even deadly.