Holiday Light Checklist

It’s that time of year for hanging lights around the house to celebrate the season! Let's keep everyone safe and enjoy the season with this great checklist.

  1. Make sure all of the lights and extension cords are rated for outdoor use. LED lights are recommended, as they are cool to the touch, unlike incandescent bulbs.

  2. Inspect and discard damaged lights, including those that have unstable connections, exposed wires, or broken sockets.

  3. Replace any broken or missing bulbs before hanging the lights. Be sure that the replacement bulbs you select are the correct size and wattage.

  4. Never connect more than the recommended number of light strings. LED lights can have far more than the older incandescent bulbs

  5. It is best to install lights from the ladder, but if you do need to work on the roof use proper precautions and have a spotter.

  6. Inspect the ladder before use. Use a wooden or fiberglass ladder when decorating as metal ladders conduct electricity.

  7. Use the right ladder height; ensure ladders extend past the edge of the roof 3 feet per recommendation.

  8. Don’t use nails or tacks to secure your outdoor Christmas lights. Be sure your lights are strung tightly to avoid damage from the wind.

  9. If installing exterior lights on your trees, do not install them if that tree is in contact with any power lines.

  10. You can organize and label your strands so you can keep track of what you inspect and replace throughout the years.

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