More than 15,000 people were seen in emergency rooms across the country for decorating-related injuries
Have a Plan
Hanging Christmas lights may seem like an easy task, but once you gather your supplies, that sense of relaxation will quickly disappear. Having a plan will not only help you avoid the frustration of burned out strands, but also may save your limbs. Take measurements of the areas you are decorating and the lights you want to use. Plan out the areas where you will place your ladder to help avoid areas becoming out of reach. Taking just a few minutes to map out your plan of attack may just save your celebrations.
Beware of Heights
Gravity does not loosen its grip on the human body just because the holidays have arrived. Climbing up on your ladder or roof puts you further from the ground and that means you will hit it much harder when you fall. Have someone hold the ladder while you stand on it and be sure it is resting on solid ground; not mud or gravel. Don’t lean on the ladder to reach an area that is out reach. Get down and move the ladder. You will thank yourself later.
Mind the Lights
Make sure that your lights work before putting them on the roof or windows. Test each light strand before deciding where it will be used. Remember to put the electrical prong near an outlet or extension cord since only one end is capable of powering the lights. If you blow a fuse by overusing the available electricity, you can reset it, but it is inadvisable to do this more than once. Electrical safety is just as important as being aware of heights.
Dress for the Occasion
No Christmas festivity comes without its suggested attire, and hanging lights is no exception! Make sure your shoes are tied tight to avoid tripping over shoelaces or rolling an ankle. Wear gloves if necessary, but ensure that they fit and will stay on through the process; numb fingers are not your friend! Remember that loose or baggy clothing can get caught on nails, shingles, and ladders and that can easily cause you to fall or struggle to get loose. Dressing correctly can help ensure you are warm, keep you balanced, and keep you from wrestling with your loose clothes.