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 job 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.
- ✓ If you’re purchasing a tree, consider getting a fresh one — it is less likely to catch fire than an artificial tree. Just be sure to keep it well-watered.
- ✓ Before you set up any interior lighting or flammable decorations, check your smoke alarms 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 of the bulbs, check to make sure the wattage and voltage match the original strand.
- ✓ Some lights are only certified for interior use, so be sure to check your exterior lights before hanging them.
- ✓ 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.
- ✓ Avoid a fire hazard by turning your exterior holiday lights off overnight or when you leave the house. The best option is to 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. You can plan your own or book one in advance.
There are several options in the area for guided holiday tours. They should be easy to find and book online.
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.
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