The holidays are upon us! For many of us that means dusting off our decorations and proudly displaying them around our home. This can sometimes be a frustrating and even risky task though. Below, we give you some tips for decorating your home this holiday season.
Take an inventory of what you have, what is working and what isn’t, and what you need. Go a step further and mentally visualize where and how you would like your lights and other decor displayed. The best way to do this is to plan around available power outlets, existing hanging fixtures, and places where visibility, entrances, exit ways, or walking spaces won’t be obstructed.
Always inspect and test out your lights first before hanging them. Use lights that have been tested for safety and when possible, consider using LED lights which use less energy, last longer, and don’t get as hot as traditional incandescent lights. Always follow instructions as to how many lights you can link together and never overload outlets or extension cords.
Decorations should also be inspected first, being carefully to look for cracks, sharp edges, or lose wires which can injure children or pets.
Once you’re ready to start, keep decorations, tools, and equipment within hands reach at all times to make it easier and quicker. Use sturdy ladders for hard to reach areas. Wooden or fiberglass ladders are best when installing electrical fixtures as they will not conduct electricity.
Unplug or turn off electrical fixtures before replacing or installing bulbs, making any repairs, or changing any parts. Make sure all outdoor lights and electrical fixtures use cords, outlets, or extension cords made for outdoor use. For additional protection, you can purchase a portable ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) at any hardware store to reduce the risk of electrocution.
Lastly, never use candles where they might be easily knocked down. Never leave a candle unattended while it is lit and make sure to extinguish all candles before leaving a room, leaving your house, or going to bed. Likewise, it is wise to turn off all lights and electrical decorations before leaving your house.
Planning ahead and taking some safety precautions will make your holiday decorating quick and stress free.
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