It’s the most wonderful time of the year — and potentially the most dangerous.
Christmas lights are, of course, a staple of the holiday season. Here in Fresno, there are entire neighborhoods dedicated to the delightful decoration. But if you didn’t already know, just hanging whatever string of lights you found in your attic probably isn’t the best idea.
To avoid a Griswold-esque situation, Bonadelle Neighborhoods is here to bring you some safety tips to ensure you and your family have a very happy holiday, completely accident-free.
Be Sure to Use A Real Ladder
We’ve all seen that “life can change in an instant” commercial, right? Who really wants to be the person in the neighborhood who is in a full body cast because they fell off a ladder?
Be sure that the ladder you’re climbing is sturdy and reliable to prevent any unexpected drops.
Use Insulated Light Holders
NEVER USE TACKS OR NAILS. This one seems obvious, but a lot of people don’t know — there is such a thing as an “insulated light holder” and it will prevent you from being electrocuted.
Make Sure You’re Using a Proper Outlet
A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet, specifically. Those types of outlets will shut the circuit down if there is overcurrent, meaning that sparks won’t be flying in your house.
Use Waterproof Lights
Generally, Fresno is a dry area, but the rain does come by every now and again, especially in these colder months. Be sure your lights are waterproof — and yes they come in that variety.
For a more in-depth list of hanging light safety, head over to: https://www.diynetwork.com/how-to/skills-and-know-how/electrical-and-wiring/outdoor-christmas-lighting-tips
Hopefully, following all these steps will ensure that you have a happy and safe holiday season —
And from all of us at Bonadelle Neighborhoods, we hope you have a very merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year.