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The ultimate holiday lights safety checklist [infographic]

Holiday lights safety checklist

The ultimate holiday light safety checklist

Key Insights:

  • Double check which lights are made for the interior and exterior of your home prior to hanging.
  • A safe setup is extremely important! Take precautions now so you can enjoy the display later.
  • Whether or not you create your own light display, there are plenty of places across Minnesota and western Wisconsin to view holiday lights this year!

It’s the time of year where you may feel the need to channel your inner Clark Griswold. We understand your grand ambitions, and we want you to succeed with a light show that (figuratively) blows the neighbors away.

Whether you’re planning an inside display or the greatest exterior light show your neighborhood has ever seen, here are the top safety tips you should keep in mind as you light your home for the holidays.

Prepare now for a worry-free holiday season

  • If you’re purchasing a fresh tree tree, be sure to keep it well-watered!
  • Before you set up any interior lighting or flammable decorations, check your smoke detectors to make sure they are in proper working order.
  • Check last year’s light strings to make sure they aren’t frayed. If you replace any bulbs, ensure the wattage and voltage match the original strand.
  • Some lights are only certified for interior use. Be sure to confirm your exterior lights are safe before hanging them across your roofline and windows.

Safely string your lights

  • If you’re using a ladder to put up your lights, make sure someone is standing at the base to secure it. Do not step past the warning rung, which is usually the second or third from the top.
  • When mounting lights to a doorway or home exterior, use hooks or heavy-duty tape. Don’t use nails or tacks to secure your holiday lighting. Also, be sure to keep any electrical connectors off the ground and away from metal gutters.
  • Don’t connect multiple extension cords together. Buy a longer cord or find a way to light the house using a few smaller cords that won’t overload your outlets.

Maintenance is key to a memorable light display

  • Avoid a fire hazard by turning your exterior holiday lights off overnight or when you leave the house. Better yet, buy an automatic timer that turns them off even if you forget.
  • If you have young kids or pets in the house, consider blocking off your tree area when the room isn’t in use.

Feeling like it’s a good year to be a spectator?

You don’t have to spend hours on holiday lights to enjoy them! Consider going on a holiday lights tour instead. There are plenty of public destinations in Minnesota and western Wisconsin to catch spectacular holiday light displays, including:

Bentleyville in Duluth, MN. This tour of lights features over five million lights! It’s a must-see event for any light-lover this holiday season.

Christmastime in the City in Eau Claire, WI. Enjoy the lighting of the city tree along with a variety of festive activities.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights in Mankato, MN. Enjoy the seventh annual holiday lights show, featuring lights, a skating rink and live reindeer.

Rotary Lights in La Crosse, WI. Nearly 160,000 people come to visit the lights in Riverside Park each year. Join them for a display, live music and more.

2019 Holiday Window Walk in Winona, MN. Explore downtown Winona while enjoying various North Pole decorations and holiday lights in the windows of your favorite shops.

Happy holidays

All in all, the holidays are a wonderful time to spend with family and friends. By taking a few precautions, you can make sure you and your loved ones can enjoy them safely.

Thinking of giving yourself the gift of a new home in the coming year? Reach out to Edina Realty or one of our agents! We can help you find a home at the top of your wish list.

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