Be Safe While Decorating!
"Go big or go home" is the attitude more and more people have when it comes to decorating their home's exterior for the holidays. Roofs lines in garland, inflatable characters strews about the yard, and lights everywhere. We wanted to remind you that there is one very important thing you cannot forget...SAFETY! The last thing anyone wants is to be spending the holidays in the hospital. If you're planning to decorate this year, please check out our list of safety tips and promise to follow them!
Have a plan - We speak from experience when we say, planning the route of your string lights and how many you’ve strung together is not something you want to be doing 20 feet in the air. It’s crucial to know exactly what you are going to put where, how you are going to have it stay there, and if it being there is safe. Do yourself that favor before heading up on the roof. You don’t want to be just about finished when you realize you can’t add one more string of lights and you’re all out of outlets!
ALWAYS HAVE A BUDDY - Let us repeat ourselves, ALWAYS HAVE A BUDDY! It doesn’t matter how experienced you are. There is no excuse to not have someone with you while doing something potentially dangerous. It’s as simple as that.
Know your ladder safety - Even if you have someone holding your ladder steady, it’s the climber’s responsibility to know how to be safe. Make sure the feet are flat and stable, keep your body inside the rails, never reach too far, don’t stand on the top few rungs, and give yourself breaks. If you feel unsteady at any time, let your buddy know and climb down. Don’t even think about climbing back up until you know that you can be safe.
Strap yourself in if you’re going on the roof - If you plan to actually be on your roof (perhaps you’re setting up a full set of eight reindeer and santa in his sleigh!), you’ll need to take a few extra precautions. Roofs, especially in the fall when it's rainy and windy, can be very slippery. The proper thing to do is to wear a harness and tether yourself to an anchor on the roof. This might seem overly cautious, but better safe than having hospital food for your Christmas dinner.
Rent some big time equipment - Did you know that you can rent lifts? Perhaps it’s a little much just for decorating the house. But if that’s your thing, GO FOR IT! You’ll need to make sure to follow all the instructions to the letter. You don’t want to go crashing through a window. But with proper handling, this can be one of the safest and easiest ways to decorate your home.
If all else fails, hire a professional - You can plan and plan until the cows come home, but if handling the decorating yourself just isn’t in the cards, there are plenty of professionals who can help. Some will decorate your home, inside and out. Sometimes landscapers can handle the job. There is no shortage of eager elves who want to help spread the holiday spirit!