As the holiday season approaches, many people in Burlington and beyond are getting ready to deck their halls with festive Christmas lights. While these sparkling displays can bring joy and cheer to the winter months, it’s important to prioritize safety when installing and maintaining your lights. In this blog, we’ll go over some key tips for keeping your Christmas light installation safe and attached to your home, not laying on the ground.
Safety Equipment Check List:
- Ladder in good working condition and rated to hold your weight
- Gloves with good grip and dexterity
- GFCI extension cord (these will ensure you are safe if there is a power surge or improper connection.
- Helper to ensure your safety while operating the ladder and any electrical equipment.
First and foremost, it’s crucial to use caution when handling any electrical equipment. This means following the manufacturer’s instructions and using proper tools, such as a GFCI extension cord. Avoid overloading outlets or using damaged cords, and be sure to unplug lights before attempting to repair or modify them. When plugging outdoor lights into an outdoor outlet be sure that the outlet is GFCI rated.
Another important aspect of Christmas light safety and maintenance is proper installation. If you’re using a ladder to hang lights, make sure it is sturdy and positioned on a flat surface. Wear shoes with good traction, and have someone hold the ladder steady while you work. When stringing lights on the exterior of your home, be mindful of the weather and take precautions against falls or slips on icy surfaces.
It’s also important to consider the type of lights you’re using. LED lights are more energy-efficient and longer-lasting than traditional incandescent bulbs, and they produce less heat, making them less of a fire hazard. Be sure to use lights that are labeled for outdoor use, as indoor lights may not be able to withstand the elements.
Anything can happen with the way the weather has been the last few years. Wind and snow can knock down your Christmas/ Holiday lights. Consider how you are securing the lights to your home or trees. When installing Christmas lights to your roofline use clips for every bulb to ensure uniformity but also to insure they are secured to the home properly. The last thing you want to be doing is hanging off a ladder in the snow putting lights back up that had come off. When wrapping trees and bushes with string lights make sure to tie the connections together before plugging in the next set of lights. This will save you the headaches of going out in the cold and snow replugging the lights in every time there is a big gust of wind.
In addition to following these basic safety guidelines, it’s also a good idea to have a plan in place for maintaining your lights throughout the season. This can help prevent issues such as broken bulbs or frayed cords, which can pose a hazard if left unrepaired. Consider keeping a supply of spare bulbs and light strings on hand, and check your lights regularly for any signs of damage. It’s also a good idea to unplug your lights when you’re not home or when you go to bed, as this can help prevent fires caused by overheated cords or faulty wiring.
Finally, if you would rather just enjoy a beautiful display of lights call Bucket Brigade Exterior Cleaning. If you’re in Hamilton, Burlington or Oakville give us a call at 289 698 3575. We offer our clients an All-Inclusive Christmas Light Installation Service. We take care of everything from design, materials, custom cut installation, maintenance, takedown, and storage. All you have to do is pick your colors and we do the rest.
In summary, maintaining your Christmas light display is all about following basic safety guidelines and staying vigilant. By using caution when handling electrical equipment, properly installing your lights, and regularly checking for damage, you can enjoy a festive and safe holiday season.