Do you consider yourself an expert when it comes to decorating your home
for the holidays? Even if you've been doing this year after year,
there's a big chance you're making one of these mistakes. One
of these mistakes can cost you money in repairs or seriously hurt you
during the decorating process.
Mistake #1: Using Indoor Lights Outside
Homeowners that use indoor lights on the exterior of their home are running
the risk of damaging their home's electrical system (and risking harm
via electrocution). Only use lights that are made specifically for outdoor
use, as they're built for holding up under poor weather conditions.
Mistake #2: Failing to Inspect Lights
Blindly hanging up and plugging in lights is a foolish move that can hurt
both you and your home's electrical system. Strands of lights that
have exposed wires or broken bulbs can short circuit – leading to possible
electrical fires, blown fuses, and electric shock. Inspect each strand
of lights for exposed wiring and broken bulbs, followed by plugging them
into an outlet to check if they light up.
Mistake #3: Using a Ladder Anywhere
When hanging lights and other decorations across the top of your home,
you will oftentimes need a ladder. However, if there is no stable ground
to place a ladder on top of, do not climb it. A ladder standing on top
of an uneven surface will significantly increase the chances of you falling.
Hire a professional to hang decorations that are out of reach.
Mistake #4: Don't Leave the Lights Up
At the end of the season, some homeowners will leave their lights up and
just unplug them until next December. Leaving holiday lights up for the
full year greatly increases their chances of becoming damaged, as constant
exposure to the elements will wear them down. Take down all lights and
decorations, and pack them up neatly in a secure, plastic container.
Are you constantly making these simple holiday decorating mistakes? Well,
you can easily correct your ways! When you need additional exterior electrical
outlets installed outside of your home, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating,
Cooling & Electrical. To learn more or to schedule an appointment,
give us a call at 717-207-8198.