The holiday season is upon us, which means it's time to start thinking about putting up your holiday decorations. But before you start stringing up the lights and inflating the yard decorations, there are a few things you need to know to make sure you do it safely. Here are some tips on how to hang holiday decor safely.
How to Hang Lights Safely
One of the most popular holiday decorations is string lights. They can be used to decorate trees, gutters, roofs, and more. But if they're not hung properly, they can be dangerous. Here are some tips on how to hang lights safely:
Use plastic or rubber hooks specifically designed for hanging lights. Do not use nails or staples, as these can damage the insulation on the wires and pose a fire hazard.
Ensure your extension cords are rated for outdoor use and in good condition. Do not use cords that are frayed or have bare wires showing.
Do not overload extension cords. Read the manufacturer's instructions on how many light strings can be connected. And make sure the total number of light strings does not exceed the amp rating of the extension cord. For example, if an extension cord is rated for ten amps, you should not have more than 40 100-light strings connected together (100 x .04 = 4).
When stringing lights around gutters, use a lightweight ladder and always have someone holding it steady for you. Do not stand on the top two rungs of the ladder, and do not lean too far to one side when reaching for the gutter.
Should You Put Decorations on the Roof?
This is a common question we get this time of year. The answer is no! While inflatables or figurines may seem like they would be sturdy enough to withstand high winds, they are actually quite delicate and can easily be damaged by wind or debris flying through the air. Plus, they can be a safety hazard if they blow off the roof and land on power lines or people walking below. So save yourself the trouble and keep your decor on solid ground where they belong!
These tips will help you hang your holiday decorations safely and avoid accidents or injuries. Happy decorating!