Installing Christmas lights on the outside of your home transforms it into a magical wonderland at one of the best times of the year! If you have never put up Christmas lights before, or if you have been doing it for years, you need to make sure you know a few tips to keep you safe in the process.
4 Safety Tips for Installing Outdoor Christmas Lights:
1. Always Check Your Lights First
You should always check and test your Christmas lights before you begin the process of putting them up! This will ensure that they work, which you will appreciate after all your hard work since you will not need to take non-working ones down and start all over again! However, this is also the time to ensure that there are no frayed or loose wires, damaged bulbs, or other issues that could cause the lights to malfunction or catch on fire.
2. Install GFCI Outlets
If you do not already have GFCI outlets on the outside of your home, this is the time to have them installed. These outlets are helpful if there is ever a shortage or you go a little crazy with the amount of lights that you use. When something happens, the GFCI outlet will trip and stop working before the breaker inside your house does. This is much better for you, because you won’t lose power to everything that is hooked up to that breaker.
3. Use Caution on Ladders and Roofs
Yes, those Christmas lights look amazing way up high on your home and up on your roof, however, you must use caution getting them in place. When you decide to climb up on a ladder, or the roof, you should make sure that you have someone outside with you. They can spot you, keep a hold on the ladder, and get help if you do have an accident.
4. Use a Timer
You may not think anything about leaving your lights on all night long or twenty-four hours a day. However, the lights and your outlets will want a break every once in a while. Therefore, it is recommended that you use a timer to turn your lights on at a certain time and turn them off a few hours later. This way, you won’t need to think about it or worry about falling asleep before you turn them off.
These four tips will keep you safe as you are installing your outdoor Christmas lights, so you can enjoy the rest of the holiday season.
Remember that safety is not a game and even the experts learn all the time because of the advances of technology. Even though Santa still wears the same clothes every year we can a long way since candle lights…
We hope that all this talk about safety hasn’t put off your inner Christmas light because if we’re talking about Christmas, All For Xmas is the right place and special holiday lights are what we love and happy to offer to you.