A Safety Guide for Exterior Holiday Decorations

What’s your favorite part about decorating your home for the holidays? Is it that you have the ability to be unique and express your artistic ability? Do you like lighting up your home with hundreds of LEDs? Do you enjoy spending time working on a project with the whole family? Whatever the case may be, there’s nothing more important than safety when it comes to “the most wonderful time of the year.”

If you’re not careful, there are lots of electrical and fire hazards that come about with outdoor holiday decor. Follow the tips below to keep your home and your family safe this season:

  • Don’t overload outlets or circuits. Be sure to match amperage of electrical products with the amperage rating of extension cords and receptacles.

  • Check all light strings and electrical cords for damage including fraying and cuts in the line before plugging them in.

  • Take the time to secure lights and decorations to the house, the trees or the yard, but be careful not to pierce any electrical wires or cord insulation.

  • Avoid draping wires through areas prone to standing water.

  • If you’re using a ladder to hang decorations, make sure it extends at least three feet over the roofline or working area. It’s also a good idea to ask a family member or friend to sturdy the ladder while you climb.

At Uptown Plumbing, Heating and Cooling safety is a top priority. If you notice anything out of the ordinary this holiday season, be sure to give us a call. We’ve been providing quality home service solutions to Twin Cities and the surrounding neighborhoods for over 100 years so you know you can count on us!

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