With the holiday season approaching, we’re starting to see beautiful holiday lighting going up in homes all over the area. Outdoor holiday lighting truly makes this season one of the most wonderful times of the year! However, ringing up the lights can be perilous if homeowners aren’t careful. If you’re wondering how you can decorate your home and landscape for the holidays safely, we have some holiday lighting safety tips for you to keep in mind.
Use LED Lighting
LED holiday lighting has been around for a short time, but it is already making a difference regarding safety and energy usage. Today’s LED lights reduce the amount of electricity needed by up to 85% over traditional incandescent holiday lighting. Not only does this mean your energy bills over the holiday season can be much lower than past seasons, but you also greatly reduce the risk of overloading your circuit breaker and creating a fire hazard. If you haven’t switched to LED lighting yet, now is the time to do so!
Never Use Worn Out Electrical Components
Outdoor holiday lighting tends to wear down fairly quickly since it is subject to the elements of early winter. If you notice a strand of lights or extension cord that is fraying or has broken sockets, discard them immediately. These can short out and cause a fire – a particularly serious problem this season owing to the dried dead leaves around your landscape. Better to spend the money on new lights or extension cords than dealing with a house fire!
Practice Ladder Safety Techniques
Many homeowners will be climbing a ladder to string up some lights in the higher portions of their home. Ensure that you are following best safety practices whenever you use a ladder. Always use the buddy system and avoid using a ladder if it’s windy outside. Have three points of contact on the ladder at all times – one hand and two feet. And be sure to maintain a good ladder angle. Experts recommend a 75-degree angle to be the most stable.
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