4 Things to Do Before Hanging Outdoor Christmas Lights

Man on a ladder hanging Christmas string lights
You may be tempted to climb the ladder alone, but the buddy system’s always best. (DepositPhotos)

3. Don’t Climb the Ladder Alone

To display rooftop Christmas lights and decorations, you need to climb a ladder, and this is often difficult and dangerous, especially during severe weather.

If you use a ladder, have a friend assist you and wear slip-resistant shoes. In addition, avoid all utility lines.

Installing lights on a roof is especially dangerous, so you may want to hire someone to help you, or to just do the job themselves.

Man in Santa hat hanging Christmas lights around chimney
Hang Christmas lights away from anything that could catch on fire. (DepositPhotos)

4. Avoid Combustible Items

Only use string lights and other holiday displays designed for outdoor use. These items are labeled for use outside a building where there is more moisture.

Hang string lights away from combustible materials and make sure that larger electrical Christmas displays are stabilized to remain in place.

Finally, consider the cost of using holiday lights so you understand what your monthly bill will be for using the items.

You may want to choose energy-efficient Christmas light displays. There are solar-powered lights that are designed for the holiday season.

Just ask for them at your local holiday supply store!

Kara Masterson is a freelance writer from Utah.


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