Holiday Decorating Safety Tips
We all have a little Clark Griswold in us — that inner voice that tells us that no risk is too big when it comes to decking the halls with elaborate holiday displays. But life is not a National Lampoon movie!
Don’t neglect these basic safety rules when it comes time to put up your holiday decorations.
Electrifying Your Exterior?
Safety is a special concern when it comes to outdoor decorations. Avoid these common pitfalls:
- Shock the neighbors with your creativity — not yourself, with voltage. Avoid using indoor power sources, or having too many cords running from the same outdoor outlet.
- Be extremely careful about where you position large rooftop decorations. If they are too close to power lines, shifting winds or faulty fasteners could cause the decorations to make contact with the lines.
- Do a test run on your lights indoors to check for burned-out sections rather than trying to replace them after they’re secured to the roof. Use a helper to keep the ladder steady when you’re ready to string those lights.
- Don’t leave light displays running 24-7. Turn them off before you go to bed or when you leave the house during the evening.
The Great Indoors
Many of the same rules apply for both interior and exterior holiday lighting: Turn off all lights at night, and don’t climb tall ladders alone! In addition, indoor trees should be kept well away from heat sources. Menorah and other candles should be lit only when you can monitor them.
And, as always — throw away those frayed power or extension cords!
Have any other questions about keeping yourself –and your rooftop– safe and secure during the holiday season? Contact the experts at Premiere Roofing to arrange for repairs and maintenance.