‘Tis the season for holiday lights! As you walk around your neighborhood you’ll notice rooftops, trees and some hard-to-reach places adorned with lights. Whether it’s your first time hanging lights or you’re a seasoned light hanger, or you’re hanging them from a first-story roof or in a giant evergreen, follow these five holiday roof lighting safety tips:
1 - Safety first – Secure your ladder firmly on the ground, wear gloves and a jacket, and take your time – hanging lights isn’t worth getting injured. It doesn’t hurt to know your wattage limit on your exterior outlets to avoid blowing a fuse or other electrical issues.
2 - Think ahead – Check the weather forecast, unbox everything and most importantly check the lights before you hook everything up! There is nothing more frustrating than setting up your lights only to notice that something needs replacing after everything is done.
3 - Use clips, NOT nails – Avoid putting holes in your roof! You want to avoid harming your roof as much as possible while hanging lights. Plastic clips are made to fasten on tightly and leave no trace behind when taken off.
4 - Keep lights away from hazardous areas – Placing lights near inflatable objects or vent areas can create various issues. Avoid letting wires bunch up or get too coiled together, inspect the line while straightening out the strands ahead of time. Try using LED lights whenever possible for a smaller eclectic bill and less heat output.
5 - Avoid stepping on roof – Use a secured ladder as much as possible. You can easily slip when the shingles are wet, so if you need to step on your roof, step at your own risk!
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Original article source: ORCA