The best time for hanging outdoor holiday lights is before your weather turns wet and cold. Not only is it easier and more comfortable to work outdoors in warmer weather but it is also safer. It is that time of year that we start the holiday decorations. Halloween, Thanksgiving and the entire holiday month of December. These holidays usually involve festive lights and with that comes decorating your home and many times getting up on your roof or a ladder to get your lights hung. It is important to take a few things into consideration including your shingle type, familiarity with your ladder, lights and the slope of your roof. Here are some tips for hanging your lights this season safely.
Find your outlet: Plan to run quality extension cords from a working 120-volt electrical outlet. A switch-controlled outlet is ideal.
Make sure your lights work before you plug them in, visually inspect the light strings. Make sure there aren’t any broken bulbs or damaged wires. Damaged wires are a fire hazard.
Check your ladder. Make sure your ladder is in good, working condition. Also be sure that you are comfortable with your ladder and standing on it for an extended period of time.
Hang the lights along the eaves. For attaching lights along gutters or the roof, use plastic clips made for the job. These grip shingles or gutters and have a lower hook that holds a light strand or extension cord. Do not use staples or nails to hang light strings as they can pierce or wear away the protective insulation of the light strand causing a fire hazard. Nailing into your shingles or home’s exterior is never going to be a good idea as it can open room for leaks, rust and damage.