The holiday season is not too far, with schools back in session and stores loaded with Halloween decorations. Holiday lighting is an integral element of the festive season. Nevertheless, safety is paramount when it comes to Christmas light decorating, and holiday lighting safety ways should be prioritized by home and business owners.  

Jim O’Loughlin of Christmas Décor by All American Turf Beauty outlines that now is the time to start planning your outdoor holiday lighting display. “Our time slots for both design and installation appointments are filling up,” says O’Loughlin. “More and more people now realize that turning outdoor holiday decorating chores over to the professionals makes sense in terms of convenience, budget, and perhaps most importantly, safety.” 

“Safety is a real concern when you are decorating the outside of your home or business,” says O’Loughlin. “The installation process itself poses risks of falling and electrical shock. And inappropriate or poorly installed outdoor lighting can contribute to devastating fires or electrical hazards that could cause serious personal injury and property damage.” 

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Even if do-it-yourself holiday lighting decoration will do, O’Loughlin suggests home and business owners in Iowa to keep in mind the following Christmas lighting safety tips. 

Holiday Lighting Safety Ways to Remember 

Get Ready 

  • Consider going for LED bulbs for your holiday lighting decoration. LED bulbs burn cooler, being safer and more energy efficient. Additionally, they have durable epoxy lenses, not glass lenses.  
  • Buy lights having the approval of a trusted testing lab, and purchase from reputed retailers. 
  • Check to ensure that all extension cords and lights are designed for outdoor use.  

Get Set 

  • If you have previously bought lights, inspect them, and replace the damaged or worn strands.  
  • Make sure that your plan does not need you to connect more than three light strands per outlet. 
  • Confirm that all the outlets you will use are protected by Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). 

Get Glowing 

  • Use a fiberglass or wooden ladder to install your lights. 
  • Keep yourself as well as your equipment at least 10 feet away from power lines. 
  • Fasten your outdoor lighting to walls or trees firmly using hangers, not tacks or nails that could cause damage to wiring, to keep them secure in windy, winter weather conditions.  

Applying these Christmas lighting safety ways can keep people, products, and places safe and secure, helping you enjoy the festive season with more peace of mind. That said, seeking Christmas light installation services from a professional holiday lighting company can increase safety and lead to beautiful lighting displays.  

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“It takes experience and knowledge to install an outdoor lighting display that is both beautiful and safe,” says O’Loughlin. “When ‘Do-It-Yourself’ becomes ‘Been There, Done That,’ it may be time to bring in the outdoor lighting professionals from Christmas Decor by All American Turf Beauty. It’s the safer way to go, and our full-service approach includes design, installation, maintenance, removal, and storage of all decorations. The convenience we offer, and the results we deliver, will light up your holidays.” Christmas Décor is a leading holiday lighting and decorating company in North America. The company has been decorating businesses and homes across the country since 1986, with its primary focus on exterior Christmas lighting services. The franchisees of Christmas Décor offer customized holiday lighting displays, wreaths, garlands, and bows.