Outdoor Holiday Lighting Safety Tips
Premier Roofing in Ramsey
The 2020 holiday season is here! Are you planning on decorating the outside of your home? If so, make sure you do it as safely as possible. Make sure you do not attach any lights to the roof shingles. This can cause damage to them or rip them on a windy day. The best way to install your lights is straight to the fascia board, beneath the eaves, or to the gutters using clips. If you have any questions or concerns about your roof, or you just an examination for peace of mind, contact a reliable roofer in Ramsey for a free inspection.
1. Test the Lights before You Put Them Up
It is pretty frustrating to find out that your lights are not working after you have already hung them.
2. Use a Secure Ladder or Scaffolding
Examine your ladder to ensure that it is safe and able to safely reach the places on your home that you plan to attach your decorations. A Ramsey roof repair service technician knows how important a secure ladder is as the leading cause of roofing fatalities each year is from falls.
3. Safety First
Do not go up and walk around on a wet roof, especially one with a steep slope.
4. Secure the Lighting with Hooks
Stay away from putting nails and screws into your home as they can do permanent damage to your roof, fascia boards, siding, and gutters. A better option is to use gutter hooks or staple them directly to the fascia boards below your gutters.
If you see a problem with your roof while you are up on the ladder, call a local Ramsey roofer ASAP!!!
5. Ensure That They Are Mounted Securely in Place
Each strand of lights should be fastened tightly to your home for when the wind starts howling.
6. Avoid Bulbs with High Voltage
Larger lightbulbs and non LED lights produce a lot of heat and could possibly cause a fire.
7. Clean the Gutters
If you are going to be hanging lights nearby or directly onto your gutters you will want to make sure that there is no dry debris that could potentially catch on fire from the heat. LED lights that are more commonly used nowadays do not pose as much of a threat. However, keeping your gutters clean is also a great way to avoid an emergency roof repair in Ramsey from clogged gutters during the winter too.
8. Use Outdoor Specific Lights for Safety
Indoor lighting is not designed to endure the elements, so make sure you opt for outdoor lights. Residential grade lighting is fine for most people, but if you want to upgrade you can opt for commercial grade products.
9. Turn the Lights Off During the Day
Apply a photo-cell light sensing timer or another type of timer so the lights will turn off automatically during the day or at specific desired times.
10. Be Safe When Removing the Lights
Do not just yank the lights down by their wire. To prevent roof and other exterior damage to your home, get back up on the ladder, and carefully remove the light strands individually. This will also help keep the lights from getting damaged upon removal. Just remember, do not ever walk on a wet, slippery roof or use an unsteady ladder.
11. Double Check!
If you see snow or ice when you are removing the lights that were not previously there during installation, look around for problems with your shingles or gutters and call a local Ramsey roofing contractor for professional help if you notice something, or if you just want peace of mind through the holidays and into the coming new year
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