A complement to our article on Indoor Decorating Safety, here we provide tips on safely decorating the exterior of your home!
Rooftops & Using Ladders
- Inspect your ladder for safety and stability before using.
- Keep your rooftop walking to a minimum. Assess your options for safer access points to the roof.
- Use the proper sized ladder for decorating. Ladders should be at least 3’ past the edge of the roof, affording you sufficient ‘handrail’ access.
- Use wooden or fiberglass ladders when decorating. Metal ladders conduct electricity, making you vulnerable to electrocution.
- Stay away from power lines. Keep your distance to at least 10’ minimum.
- Before decorating, inspect cords and bulbs for damage.
- Always unplug cords and lights before making adjustments, or repairing bulbs and fuses.
- Outdoor decorations should only be plugged into ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI)-protected receptacles.
- Ensure electrical sources are well ventilated to avoid overheating and catching fire.
- Avoid overloading extension cords or outlets. They can short out, overheat and/or catch fire.
- Once you’ve determined a safe and adequate electrical source, unplug your lights before you start decorating.
- Do not allow extension cords or corded lights to become pinched between windows, doors or under furniture, as they may tear open and become an electrical hazard.
- Do not affix lights using staples or nails that may damage the cord's insulation. Use these instead.
- Shut off electrical decorations before leaving home or going to sleep.
Remember the Weather!
- Keep all electrical cords and corded lights away from snow and standing water.
Twinkling houses. Twinkling eyes. 'Tis the Season. Be safe and enjoy!