A bit late, but how many use extension ladders for putting up and taking down their Christmas lights? Do you use the ladder by itself, or do you tie it in place so that it can’t slip sideways or go over backwards. Do you make sure it’s ‘feet’ are level and can’t slip? When I was young, like others my age, I didn’t and I even would ‘hop’ the top of the ladder sideways in order to reach further. Then I had a couple of wake up calls. A brothers-in-law fell to the ground when his ladder went over backwards and hit him on the forehead, killing him. Second incident happened to me when I fell from a truck ladder which resulted in me breaking my hip and elbow. Now I tie tall ladders down and make sure the feet won’t slip which I was doing today when an off-duty fireman stopped and congratulated me saying he attends too many falls from ladders this time of year. Yes, I admit it takes a lot longer but I don’t want any more broken bones or worse.