It’s that special time of year again when everyone is working hard to make their house the most festive one on the block.
If you’re like most red-blooded Americans, you know this chore—while it produces a lovely result—can be a lot hard work. There’s long hours in the cold, precarious moments spent atop your rickety old ladder and frustrating moments of trying to troubleshoot which strand is causing all those problems.
Here are our best tips to hang your Christmas lights safely this holiday season:
We know you want to keep up with the Joneses (or maybe you ARE the Joneses), but the solution isn’t to head to your local store and buy as many boxes of lights as you can get your hands on.
Instead, have a plan. Take the time to measure how long of a distance you need the lights to cover. Once you know how many feet you need lights for, which type of lights you want and the overall look you’re going for, then go shopping. You might end up saving a little money in the long run by not impulse-buying those crazy new C-7s.
We know you’ve heard this advice before and ignored it. But, for real, have someone help you with this task. Thousands of people are injured every year hanging Christmas lights and we don’t want you to be one of them.
The likelihood that you’ll stay safe and injury free increases when you have someone who can hand you tools, keep the ladder steady and double check connections for you.
Please, please, we beg you. Don’t hang your Christmas lights alone.
You’ve already gotten a buddy to help you hang lights this year, so we know you’re smart. We’ve got a few more ways for you to be smart below…because it doesn’t matter how beautiful your house looks if you end up on the couch with a tweaked back all season long.
Try these basic smart safety tips this year:
If you’ve read through these tips and have decided it all sounds like too much work, let us help. If you bring us out to clean your gutters this holiday season, our pros are happy to hang your lights for you (really!). Contact us to learn more!