Hanging Christmas lights on the outside of your house can be a pretty risky task, but it doesn’t have to be. In today’s blog, we have gathered a few excellent tips and techniques that you can start using today in order to make your next light hanging session safer and easier. Read on for all of our ideas, but before you do, we wanted to remind you that you can follow all of our latest news and updates on our Facebook and Twitter pages. If you have any questions or want to learn more about our products, those are great places to look!
Start With An Inspection Of Your Lights
Once you’ve successfully located your lights from last year’s holiday season in your storage area, take each strand apart (if they’re connected) and examine each strand individually. Look for broken, missing, or loose bulbs along each strand. Replace and fix as necessary and then test each individual strand in a nearby outlet to make sure they all work.
Sketch Out Your Plan
Using a pencil and paper or a tablet, draw a rough outline of the front of your house. It doesn’t have to be perfect, just a rough approximation. Plan out where you’re going to put each strand of lights before you start hanging so that you know how many strands you will need and what type will go where. Keep it simple, but fun!
Don’t Overdo It
Make sure that you’re not plugging in more than three light strands together at a time. You don’t want to overload a socket with too much power draw and risk a fire or short. Stick with three per socket and get strategic about how you string each one. Get creative!
Have A Ladder Buddy
As much as we want to go it alone when it comes to climbing the ladder, it’s always safer to have a helper stand at the bottom and steady the ladder for you. If you have to reach for something while you’re up on the ladder, don’t reach too far. Take the time to climb down and scoot the ladder over so you don’t risk tipping it over.
Use Plastic Light Fasteners
Plastic light fasteners are the safest route since they won’t conduct electricity if they accidentally touch a live or exposed wire. They can be found cheaply at your local homegoods store. We recommend avoiding using nails or staples to affix your lights to your home.
Thank you for taking the time to read today’s article. We hope you were able to learn a little something along the way. We here at FAMCO pride ourselves on helping homeowners just like you get the very best out of their home and be able to have time left over to enjoy more time with friends and family. If you have any questions or want to purchase some quality roofing HVAC supplies, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. We can’t wait to hear from you.