- There's nothing quite like the joy that comes with the holiday season, and you might celebrate by covering the outside of your home with colorful lights. Many people choose to go this route, but it takes an ample amount of time and effort to do so safely. In most cases, homeowners need to climb up a ladder in order to attach lighting to their structures, which can be relatively dangerous.
Even if you've decorated your house for the holidays numerous times in the past, there's no harm in familiarizing yourself with precautions that can keep you safe this year. Here are some key tips to take into account as you look forward to decorating the exterior of your home with bright, shining holiday lights.
Take a look at the light strings
House Logic recommended throwing away any strings
that appear to be fringed or damaged, even if they're new. These strings can pose a fire hazard later on once they're on the house.
Use the right hangers
There are hangers specifically designed for outdoor lights, which should be used to maintain safety outside of the home. Using nails or staples can damage the stringing of the lights, which may cause an electrical shortage or a fire.
Always read instructions
Both outdoor and indoor lights typically come with a set of instructions for installation, whether they're being used on a tree or on the exterior of a home. Take the time to read these directions carefully to ensure that you're using the utmost safety when you're placing them around your house.
Hire a helping hand
If you're unsure of whether you can reach a tall tree in your yard or the highest point of your roof, the Star-Ledger recommended bringing in a professional
to help you get the job done. There are many experts who specialize in lighting installation, and they can help you safely deck the halls this coming season.
Use sturdy equipment
If you notice any faults with your ladder or the equipment you'll be using for the installation process, don't hesitate to replace these items beforehand. Doing so can be the difference between a seamless installation and an injury.
Whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or another holiday, there's always a good reason to deck the halls as the year comes toward an end. By taking these safety tips into consideration, you can ensure that everyone is safe this holiday season.