The holidays are here! This means time for fun with family and friends, Christmas trees and holiday lights. While Christmas decorations are incredible to look at, they are not always fun to hang. If you are hanging Christmas lights for the first time or the hundredth time, it is important to be reminded of the most important safety tips to avoid a holiday mishap.
Check your Lights
Before you even climb up on the ladder to get to the roof to hang your lights, take the time to check your strands of lights. Lay each strand out on your lawn and inspect them for cracks, missing bulbs or bulbs that simply do not work. It is much easier to fix your problem when you are safely on the ground, rather than up on the roof or a ladder. Make sure that you plug each string in to see that each bulb still lights up and replace any that don’t light up before you go up on the ladder.
Follow Proper Safety Precautions
There are hundreds of Christmas lights available at the store, but not all of them are made for outdoor use.
- Make sure that you are using lights that are certified by UL to ensure your safety. You will able to tell if they are certified by reading the package.
- Only plug your lights into a GFI outlet and never plug in any broken sockets.
- Don’t string together more than 3 strings of lights on one outlet.
- Only use approved holders to secure the lights to your gutters, avoid using nails
Use Ladders Safely
Decide before you climb the ladder if you are going to stay on the ladder to hang the lights or if you are going to climb up on the roof. If you do not have experience on the roof, it is best to avoid going on it. It is important to know where it is safe to walk on the roof in order to stay safe. If you are going to stay on the ladder to hang the lights, make sure that you have a partner at the bottom of the ladder, holding it for you to give you a little more stability.
Hanging Christmas decorations can really add a bit of fun to your holiday, but it is important to stay safe while you do so. If you are not experienced on a ladder or climbing on a roof, it is best to leave it to the experts. Regardless if you hang your lights or you have someone do it for you, take the time to inspect all of your supplies before beginning to reduce the risk of fire and serious damage to your home.