It’s the time of year when the holiday decorations make their way out of storage and onto your home. From wreaths to extravagant holiday light displays, many homeowners strive to have “show-stopping” decorations. If you are one of those families that decorate the outside of your home for the holidays, we have put together some tips that will keep your home and yourself safe. While decorating and deconstructing your decorations after the holidays, keep the following checklist in mind:
- Safety first. Basic common sense will come in handy when decorating your home. Make sure to set up ladders on level ground; avoid hard to reach areas; and make sure you have someone with you when you are working on a ladder. If you are uncomfortable hanging lights high on your home, there are many companies that offer these services.
- Stock up on supplies. Many people choose to hammer small nails into the edge of their roof to hang strands of lights. These small nails, which can be moved after the holidays, become water intrusion points and can lead to roofing damage down the road. Instead, prepare for your decoration project by purchasing clips designed specifically for this purpose; they are relatively inexpensive and can save you a lot of stress in the future.
- Test, test, test. Make sure you test all of your holiday lights prior to hanging them. Not only would it be highly irritating to hang and promptly remove the lights due to not functioning properly, a potential short might result in a fire hazard.
The holidays are a great time to highlight your home, celebrate with family and count your blessings. From all of us at Jerry’s, be safe decorating this season and remember to protect your home.