As the first snowflakes of the season grace our rooftops and the aroma of gingerbread fills our homes, there’s one thing we all eagerly anticipate: holiday lights. Whether it’s string lights on your front porch, a beautifully lit Christmas tree in your living room, or an elaborate outdoor display that can be seen from space, holiday lighting is a cherished tradition.
However, while you’re creating a winter wonderland, it’s crucial to ensure that safety and security aren’t compromised. Here are some tips to help you strike the perfect balance between festivity and security:
1. Inspect Before You Deck:
Always inspect your holiday lights before hanging them. Look for frayed wires, broken sockets, or any signs of damage. These could not only pose a fire hazard but also cause electrical shortages.
2. Timers Are Your Friend:
Consider using timers for both indoor and outdoor lights. They give the impression that someone is home and active, especially useful if you’re traveling. Plus, they save energy by ensuring your lights aren’t on all night.
3. Secure Extension Cords:
Ensure that extension cords are placed out of walkways to prevent tripping hazards. If they must cross walkways, tape them down or use a protective cover.
4. Limit the View:
While it’s lovely to have your Christmas tree visible from the window, be cautious about what else is in view. Expensive gifts or electronics should be kept out of sight to not tempt potential burglars.
5. Outdoor Lighting & Security Cameras:
If you have outdoor security cameras, ensure that your holiday lighting doesn’t interfere with their view. Adjust the camera angles if necessary and ensure lights don’t cause a glare on the camera lens.
6. LED Lights – A Safer Option:
LED holiday lights are not only energy-efficient but also cooler than incandescent lights, reducing the risk of fires. Learn more fire safety tips here.
7. Safe Power Sources:
Avoid overloading sockets. Use a good quality power strip with a built-in circuit breaker for added protection.
8. Stay Grounded:
If you’re setting up an elaborate outdoor display, ensure that all your decorations are securely grounded, especially against winter winds.
9. If You're Away for the Holidays:
If you’re traveling, ensure you have some lights on a timer inside your home too. It can deter potential intruders if they believe someone is home.
10. End of The Night Right:
Before heading to bed or leaving your house, ensure that all indoor holiday lights and displays are turned off. This simple habit can drastically reduce the risk of fire.
The holiday season is meant to be a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. By taking a few simple precautions, you can ensure that your home remains both festive and safe. Happy Holidays, and may your days be merry, bright, and secure!