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Decking the Halls in Safety - Outdoor Tips

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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.

Electrical Hazards

  • 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!
This article is part of our series on Holiday & Winter Safety.  Keep on the lookout for more helpful tips and articles to keep you and your family safe this season!
The family at Joseph M. Ghabour & Associates wants to remind you that we’re here for you.  If you or someone you know has been injured in an accident, please let us help.  Give us a call at (877) 721-7201 or drop us a line.
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