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Stringing Holiday Lights with Safety

Holiday lights and decorations help make the most wonderful time of year even more memorable. Whether you’re hanging mistletoe above a doorway or decking the halls with festive baubles, safety must be a priority when decoration a home for the holidays.

Accidents can happen no matter what type of holiday decorating your doing, but string holiday lights around your home may be especially dangerous. This season, keep the following safety tips in mind when stringing lights so this season of celebration starts off safe and sound.

Work with at least one partner. Never go it alone when stringing holiday lights. Make sure someone is there to hold the ladder steady as you climb up and down. Partnering up when stringing holiday lights allows decorators to use both of their hands to climb up ladders instead of using one of their hands to carry lights. Once you reach a point where it’s safe to hang lights, have your partner hand you the lights. If possible, work in groups of three so someone can hold the ladder steady at all times.

Inspect your lights before hanging them. Lights are not built to last forever, and over time holiday lights can suffer damage that has the potential to be dangerous. Wires can fray, and sockets can crack or break, so a thorough inspection is wise. Replace any bulbs that pose a hazard, but remember to replace them with bulbs of equal wattage.

Use an extension cord of adequate length. Exterior holiday lights are often plugged into extension cords that extend to a shed or garage. Do not connect several extension cords to power holiday lights; instead, use just a single cord that’s lengthy enough to reach the outlet. Connecting extension cords is a fire hazard. In addition, make sure the amperage of the decorations matches the amperage rating of the extension cord, which can be found on the product label or on the manufacturer’s website. Also, make sure the extension cord is not plugged into any power source while you’re hanging the lights.’

Make sure the lights do not pose a safety hazard inside. Some people string holiday lights indoors as well. Lights might be hung on Christmas trees or along hallways or window sills. Such lights and cords connecting them to power sources should never pose safety hazards, so make sure they are not lying on the floor or loose enough for someone to trip over or get caught in them. Tack or tape lights to the wall and never place them under furniture or rugs; lights can overheat when placed under rugs.

Hang the correct lights. When stringing lights, make sure you hang lights designated as exterior lights on the outside of your home and interior lights for inside your home. Hanging lights in the wrong places poses a fire hazard and creates additional safety concerns, so adhere to the manufacturer instructions.

Safety should be a the forefront when stringing holiday lights around the house. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

18 Comments

  • The holiday lights are so beautiful.I remember flying into Hong Kong just before Christmas many years ago.The Christmas Lights were amazing from the air.Nova Scotia sends a huge Christmas tree to Boston every year as a good will gesture.I saw it on its way .It was kind of neat!I bet it must look gorgeous when its all lit up!

  • where I live they are up year round. No one takes them down every year and puts them back up, and if you don’t have your lights on your house by Oct, you prob wont get them up (usually we have a ton of snow or its extremely cold by now) This year we saw a big snow fall in SEPT!!! but that melted and we’ve not had a whole lot of snow (they say extreme cold but no snow this year) So far we’ve just begone the extreme temps (-35C , although I don’t consider that extreme as we get that every year, so its just normal)

  • Thanks so much for the recommendations. I enjoy decorating with lights inside & out, checking out the lights in the neighborhood is always fun!

  • My husband hangs the lights outside and we had to go back twice to get the proper hooks to attach them to the house. He tried to get help hanging them without success but he’s worked on 8 to 10 story buildings so I’m okay with him working on the front of our one story home since he’s very careful. My favourite part of Christmas lights is going out for a drive to look at everyone else’s lights. It’s just so pretty.
    Thanks for the great suggestions and tips. One we didn’t think of was, don’t leave your lights out where your cats’ can get at them and chew on the bulbs, prior to you putting them up!

  • GOOD review!!! Years ago our friends had a fire in their trailer home because of an overloaded extension cord! It spread really fast and stunk really bad! Because of the combustion, most of the trailer blew up! Thank God no one was home!! Needless to say, no more trailers or overloading extension cords or outlets!!
    Your review is very important!! The life you save maybe your own or a loved one’s!!

  • Such a beautiful home. Safety is key when hanging Christmas lights. My dad fell off the ladder one Christmas and broke his leg.

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