How to safely decorate your home and roof this holiday season

Posted on November 21, 2014 · Posted in Roof Maintenance, Roofing Safety

The holiday season is a time for friends and family to get together for celebration and tradition. One tradition during the holidays is outfitting your home with lights, ornaments and other decorations.

It is important to remember proper safety when decorating your home so that you can spend time indoors with your family and not making a trip to the hospital. Here are a few tips to safely decorate your home and roof this holiday season.

When handling lights and electrical equipment:

  • Purchase lights and electrical decorations from reputable retailers.
  • Carefully inspect all lights and decorations for cracks, damaged sockets and loose or bare wires prior to use – these defects can cause a serious fire or shock.
  • Never exceed the maximum number of strings or devices that may be connected together, see packaging for specific instructions.
  • Plan your displays according to the number and location of available outlets, and avoid overloading electrical outlets.
  • Unplug electric lights, devices and decorations before replacing bulbs, changing parts or attempting other repairs.

When decorating your home or climbing up on the roof:

  • Plug all outdoor lights and decorations into ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to reduce the risk of electric shock. Portable GFCIs for outdoor use can be purchased at your local electrical supply retailer.
  • Secure lights, decorations and cords to prevent wind, snow and ice damage.
  • Never staple, nail through or fasten electrical wires or extensions cords in any way that might damage the wire or insulation. This could cause electrical shock or fire.
  • Keep yourself, your decorations and equipment at least 10 feet from power lines.
  • Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when putting up electrical décor and lights outside as metal ladders conduct electricity.
  • Always have another person with you to help you with the workload or in the event of a fall, injury.
  • While on your roof, inspect the surface for damage, missing shingles or troublesome areas.
  • Make sure decorations are well ventilated, protected from weather and a safe distance away from flammable items.

Remember these tips when decorating your home this season.

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