Everyone loves to drive past neighborhood homes and see their beautiful holiday light displays each year. The one thing that people do not enjoy as much, is removing holiday lights, especially in the cold weather. Not only is it a chore, but it can also be a dangerous task if you are not careful. According to Medical Daily, injuries related to the hanging up and removal of holiday lights have actually increased every year since 2009, with an average of 250 people injured per day between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. That is why at Glick’s Exteriors, we want to stress the importance of safety when it comes to the removal of your light displays this year. Let’s take a look at a few ways you can ensure your safety as the holiday season comes to a close.
Hire a Professional Light Removal Company
If you have doubts about your physical ability to safely remove your holiday lights, it may be smart to hire a professional to help. Many people may not want to spend the money, especially right after the holiday, but your safety should be your main priority. When it comes to your health and safety, it’s best not to take any chances.
Beware of Cords
When it comes to the removal of lights, there are many items that you could potentially trip over. This could be an extension cord, wires, or the lights themselves, so it is important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Also, by making sure you are keeping your lights organized, you will avoid having to untangle them later!
Try to Find a Day with Good Weather
Finding a warm day is probably not going to be easy, but finding a dry day is something you should prioritize. This is especially important if you are on a ladder or the roof itself, as the risk of slipping is increased if snow or moisture is present. If the weather is not safe to remove your lights, don’t rush it, wait for a safe day. Leaving your lights up a little longer is better than risking injury.
Review Ladder Safety
If you are removing lights this holiday season, odds are you will require a ladder to get on the roof. It is important that you are aware of ladder safety before attempting to take down your lights. You may think that this is not necessary, but wearing the proper footwear, making sure the ladder is on even ground and having someone stabilize the ladder can go a long way in keeping you safe while removing lights.
Not only do you want to stay safe, but you also want to stay warm when removing your holiday lights. Wearing a hat, jacket, and most importantly, gloves will go a long way in keeping you safe and warm. The thick gloves will keep you warm and protect you from electrical shock, an often-overlooked threat of removing lights.
Glick’s Exteriors would like to wish everyone a happy and safe New Year! We hope that we were able to provide some valuable safety information for you as you prepare to take down your holiday lights. Be safe!