Christmas Lights the Safe and Easy Way
The holidays are fast approaching, and if you hadn't left your Christmas lights up from last year, you're probably dreading the inevitable task of hanging festive exterior lights from your roof. Or maybe you've always wanted to add that extra bit of visual cheer to your home, but have never done it before, and are contemplating your next steps.
You're not alone!
According to Electrical Safety Foundation International:
Findings from a 2013 ESFI consumer survey indicate that more than 86% of Americans decorate their homes as part of their winter holiday celebrations. Almost two-thirds of respondents use electric lights in their indoor decorating scheme, while more than half use lighted decorations outside their homes. More than 60% of those who decorate their homes for the holiday utilize at least one extension cord.
While holiday lighting and electrical decorations do contribute to the splendor of the season, they can also significantly increase the risk fires and electrical injuries if not used safely. Given these safety hazards, it is crucial that safety is a foremost concern.
Our advice? Don't do it! (Yourself, that is.)
An article from U.S. News and World Report tells us why:
"About 200 people a day suffer decoration-related injuries this time of year," says Patty Davis, a spokeswoman for the Consumer Product Safety Commission, a governmental agency that seeks to safeguard people from consumer-product related risks. In November and December of last year, an estimated 13,000 people were treated in emergency rooms around the country for injuries tied to holiday lights, Christmas trees, ornaments and other decorations, according to the CPSC.
Furthermore, the article says that such injuries can result in life-altering traumatic brain injuries, or even death.
And even if you survive the difficult hanging process unscathed, there's the potential for electrical hazards if you're not careful.
EnergyToday.biz, in their article about the "3 Dangerous Mistakes" of hanging holiday lights, states many people mistakenly use indoor-rated Christmas lights on the exterior of their homes, creating a risky electrical situation.
Throw in the holiday towel?
So do you just skip out on making your house merry and bright this season? Ho-ho-NO!
Paul F. P. Pogue of Angie's List, in his list of "Do's and Don'ts of Hanging Holiday Lighting," says there's an obvious solution:
DO consider professional help. If you don't want to invest in the cost of a full holiday decorating service, try calling your handyman, landscaper or window washers, who have lots of experience working outside on ladders and often hang lights in the off-season.
And fortunately, if you're in the Greater Dallas area, you already know some holiday light-hanging pros--the friendly folks at North Texas Lawns. Give us a call or fill out our online form and get a free quote today, so you can avoid the headaches--and the body aches--as you light up your home or business!
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