With the holiday season fast approaching many people are trying to juggle work, holiday shopping and preparing and decorating your home to get ready for al the holiday festivities.
Here are some safety tips to make hanging your Christmas light as easy and safe as possible.
Working Around the Eaves
The most popular method of hanging Christmas lights is to attach them to the eaves. NEVER nail or staple the lights to the eaves, this could cause damage to the roof which will lead to a leak.
Rooftop displays are popular these days. If you have a flat roof, you have an ideal location for displaying a nice inflatable or holiday cut-out. When securing them to your roof, you should never fasten them directly to the roof, or you may cause permanent damage. Instead, find a heavy object that will remain stationary and fasten the display to it. The weight will hold the display without damaging your roof.
Test the lights
There is nothing more frustrating than climbing a ladder to your rooftop only to find that the lights you just hauled up doesn’t work. Always test the lights and displays on the ground to ensure they are in proper working order. This will save you time and frustration when installing them. If the lights seem to flicker, there could be a short in the wiring, which can be a fire hazard. Discard the lights to prevent a short from destroying your house.
Inspect the Roof
While you are on the roof why not take some time to do a quick visual of the roof. Look for any loose shingles, ponding water, cracked sealant around vents and mechanical units, or even critters making their winter home in your roof. It is far better to find the problem now and have a roofing professional come and fix the problem before it becomes a bigger problem down the road.
Whether you are decorating for the season or taking down the decorations from last year. Do it safely and with some common sense to avoid injuries and damage to your building or home.