Prevent Holiday Lighting Installation Injuries and Mistakes
Christmas time is here! Well, almost. With the end of fall fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your Christmas decorations.
In this article, we look at preventing holiday lighting installation injuries and mistakes.
Holiday Lighting Mishaps
In 2016, we did a segment on WMAQ-TV, the Chicago NBC affiliate about the dangers of installing holiday lighting. The segment cited that more than 15,000 injuries are reported during the weeks surrounding the holidays as a result of homeowners installing lights during cold and slippery conditions.
This is one of the leading reasons so many homeowners today are using professional installers such as Christmas Decor by Arvidson to install their holiday lighting and outdoor decorations.
Before you haul out the ladder, be sure you know how to safely position your holiday lighting installation and decorations. Here’s a quick safety overview to help you!
Check Extension Cords
First, make sure you secure extension cords to the ground to prevent any Christmas carolers from tripping.
Elevate outside plugs to keep rain or snow from getting in. A great trick is to use a brick or rock to lift the plug from the ground.
You should probably think twice about using those old Christmas lights too. Old Christmas lights that have been in use for many years can be a fire hazard.
How can you be sure your lights are safe to use? Simply plug in your lights. If they rapidly heat up, it’s time to throw them out.
Use Outdoor Lights
Second, make sure you’re only using Christmas decorations that are made specifically for outdoor use.
Indoor lights are not designed to withstand winter weather conditions. The cold and the rain could cause irreparable damage to these decorations and also cause short circuits and fires.
It’s a great idea to double-check your Christmas lights and decorations to make sure they can withstand Ol’ Jack Frost.
Keep Supplies Handy
Always wear a utility belt with your supplies, if you do have to use a ladder. That way, you’ll only have to make one trip, lessening the chance of a fall.
Make sure you are using hooks and hangers designed for putting up lights and for outdoor use. Because nails, screws, and pins can damage your home, these hooks provide a safer and more durable alternative. No nail holes, no worries!
Does that sound like a lot of work? Christmas Decor by Arvidson provides a turn-key service that includes design, installation, maintenance, and removal of your outdoor holiday lighting decorations. Our products are high quality and commercial grade and will last throughout the holiday season.
We ensure that your light display is in tip top shape and if you have any problems a service professional is just a phone call away. Christmas Decor by Arvidson will also store your decorations so you don’t need to worry about clearing out the garage!
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Christmas will be here before you know it! Get your home ready today!
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