Decorating your home for the holidays is fun and exciting. Not only do you get to spend some time on an enjoyable project, but you'll beautify your neighborhood. Your time and effort could pay off in holiday cheer for lucky kids and families.
With all that in mind, it's no surprise that so many homeowners put such amazing creativity and hard work into their annual holiday displays. Many people start working on their displays the very first morning after Thanksgiving.
Still, in all the hustle and bustle of the season, it's important to take your time with decorating for the holidays. There are all kinds of little hazards involved that can lead to accidents. If you take care to stay safe, you'll get the project done without a hitch.
Six Quick Tips for Safely Decorating Your Home This Holiday Season
Even if you've never done any other kind of DIY project, any homeowner can safely decorate in, outside, and around the home for the holidays. Just keep these pointers in mind:
- Double-Check All Electrical Decorations
Many decorations are designed only for indoor or outdoor use. Double-check these to make sure they fit into your display plans properly. Be extra careful about picking the right extension cords. Outdoor electrical items should only use circuits protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters.
- Be Cautious of Overloaded Outlets
Most families don't use every plug in an outlet during most of the year, and it can be hard to judge an outlet's capacity. Take care not to overload outlets, and never chain surge protectors to create additional outlets. Always turn off electrical decorations before bed or leaving the house.
- Use the Right Equipment
When hanging lights or decorations outdoors, a wood or fiberglass ladder will help you avoid shocks – don't substitute metal ladders. Never hammer tacks or nails when putting up lights for a home's exterior: Instead, use safety clips that can easily be taken down later.
- Be Wary of Moisture
Double-check that outdoor lights are labeled waterproof. Use cord protectors to keep cords dry and don't allow cords to lie directly on the ground. You can use light stakes to elevate strings of lights, too – the higher the better to avoid tripping hazards.
- Look Out for Nuisances
If you anticipate having people visit to look at your lights, be sure there are appropriate walking paths. Check your yard for obstructions that might make it easy to trip and fall. Review each night to be sure lights and decorations are still secure, especially after rain or wind.
- Plan Your Takedown
While it's okay to leave decorations up for a little while into January, they should be all taken care of shortly after the start of the new year. Be sure you have the time and tools you need to manage a takedown. Remember, taking down takes at least as long as putting up.
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