What can you do to be safe around Christmas lights? With the mix of the holiday season and Christmas lights, decorations and cold weather, accidents sometimes happen. When you are working on your Christmas lights and decorations, you may also be working under conditions that may be cold, wet, icy or simply high in the air.
So what can you do to prevent injury when hanging your Christmas lights? Here are some Christmas light safety tips you can look at and practice.
1.The first thing about Christmas light safety is making sure all of the tools, lights, and electrical sources you use are in good working condition. This way, half way through the project, you are not compromising safety due to lack of necessary items.
2.Before hanging your Christmas lights, take a look at the full extent of the area you want to hang your lights. Will there be any types of barriers: electrical boxes, heat sources, fireplaces, candles etc? These barriers are something that should be taken into consideration. If there is any way, you can move around them or not by them at all. It would be much safer. The proximity to these heat sources can tend to be a problem.
3.Now as you are hanging your Christmas lights, you will want to make sure that the structure you are using to stand, the step ladder or rung ladder, are strong and set firmly in place. When the weather is colder, you find that the ground is hard. However, when the ground gets wet and soft, then the legs of the ladder will sink into the ground easily. Also if you are hanging the lights indoors, you will want to make sure there is nothing in the way of you being able to move freely when hanging the lights.
4.Be sure to hang all lights with safety and insulated staples, clips, nails or hangers. This way you will not risk the added heat, and problems with moisture. It is also important that while hanging the lights with these fixings, you do not puncture the wires of the lights. This can cause electrical shortages and moisture issues that cause fires.
5.Lights should be hung facing the bulb down. There are several different types of lights and bulbs. The key is to keep as much moisture away from the electricity and possible.
6.When changing or exchanging the bulbs of the lights, check to see if they are the push in or twist in/out type. You will not want to cut your fingers if the glass were to break from pressure. They are easy enough to tell. You can see a small swirl look at the top of the lights in most cases. You want to change light bulbs if they go out promptly because they could cause overheating issues.
7.When you are not around to keep an eye on the Christmas lights, it is a good idea to turn them off. This can be at times of sleeping, going out etc. You do not want a fire to start when you are not there to call the fire department.
Overall, Christmas light safety is something that takes a good deal of common sense. Use the concern and care it takes to make the process organized. This will help to prevent problems in the long run.