holiday lighting installationChristmas time is here! Well, almost. With the end of fall fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your Christmas decorations. Last year, we did a segment on WMAQ-TV, the Chicago NBC about the dangers of installing holiday lighting. The segment cited that more than 15,000 injuries are reported during the weeks surrounding the holidays as a result of homeowners installing lights during cold and slippery conditions.  This is one of the leading reasons why so many homeowners today are using professional installers such as Christmas Decor by Arvidson to install their holiday lighting and outdoor decorations. Before you haul out the ladder, be sure you know how to safely position your holiday lighting installation and decorations. Here’s a quick safety overview to help you!

First, make sure you secure extension cords to the ground to prevent any Christmas carolers from tripping. Outside plugs should be kept elevated to keep rain or snow from getting in. A great trick is to use a brick or rock to lift the plug from the ground. You should probably think twice about using those old Christmas lights too. Old Christmas lights that have been in use for many years can be a fire hazard. How can you be sure your lights are safe to use? Simply plug in your lights. If they rapidly heat up, it’s time to throw them out.

Secondly, make sure you’re only using Christmas decorations that are made specifically for outdoor use. Indoor lights are not designed to withstand winter weather conditions. The cold and the rain could cause irreparable damage to these decorations and also cause short circuits and fires. It’s a great idea to double-check your Christmas lights and decorations to make sure they can withstand Ol’ Jack Frost.

Always wear a utility belt with all your supplies, if you do have to use a ladder. That way, you’ll only have to make one trip, lessening the chance of a fall. Make sure you are using hooks and hangers designed for putting up lights and for outdoor use.  Because nails, screws, and pins can damage your home, these hooks provide a safer and more durable alternative. No nail holes, no worries!

That sounds like a lot of work, doesn’t it? We all love to decorate our homes for the holidays, but check out the services provided by Christmas Decor by Arvidson. They will design, install, service, and remove your outdoor holiday lighting installation and Christmas decorations. Their products are all high quality and commercial grade that will last throughout the Holiday season. Christmas Decor by Arvidson provides at least two service visits to insure your light display is in top shape and if you have any problems a service professional is just a phone call away. Christmas Decor by Arvidson will store these decorations for you too, so don’t worry about clearing out the garage! Your home will be the envy of the neighborhood with a design by Christmas Decor by Arvidson.

Christmas will be here before you know it! Get your home ready today!