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home maintenance  /  November 14, 2018

Holiday Essentials: How to Safely Put Up Holiday Lights

It’s easy to get carried away by the hustle and bustle of holiday activities. While it’s understandable to become overwhelmed, you don’t need to feel as such when decorating your home. Handyman Connection® of Golden lends a hand by providing safety tips when putting up holiday lights for your home.

Inspect the Lights

Even if you stored them carefully from the previous year, it’s in your best interest to still inspect light strings for any frayed or exposed electrical cords. These issues, combined with faulty electrical sockets, are fire hazards. Check for empty slots or burnt-out bulbs. If you’re purchasing a new set of light strings, make sure all the bulbs are functioning properly. Don’t buy cheap lights that may not have passed any quality control.

Check the Rating

Assess whether the lights are for indoor or outdoor use. If the lights are meant to be used indoors, make sure they don’t overheat. In addition, don’t put them anywhere near fabric or anything that can catch fire easily. If they’re for outdoor use, however, check if they are weather-resistant. You may ask the manufacturer or salesperson to confirm. Some manufacturers offer the information you need on their website.

Stay Away From Staples

Staples and nails can cut through the wire insulation, thus turning the wires into a fire hazard. Choose light clips or hangers instead. Make sure they consist of sturdy, fire-resistant materials. If you must secure the cords on the ground, use electrical tape.

Ladder Safety

When hanging up the lights, make sure the ladder you’ll be using is stable. Get someone to assist you while climbing the ladder. Remember, when it comes to hanging holiday decorations in your home, safety always comes first.

Enjoy the festivities of the season without worry. Let Handyman Connection of Golden take care of your decoration woes. We offer our services all year round. For more information about our products and services, you may call us at (303) 848-2752.

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