how to put up Christmas lightsIt’s that time of year when Chicagoland becomes bright with many colored holiday lights. If you are planning to hang lights on your house, particularly from your roof, we caution you to do it with care so that you do not end up spending your holidays recovering from an unnecessary injury.

In his article How to Install Holiday Lights, ImproveNet’s Jacob Hurwith provides some useful tips that we hope you bear in mind for the sake of both efficiency and for your own safety as you hang your lights.

Hurwith provides readers with a list of tools and accessories that you will need to gather before you begin the job. He gives tips for choosing and purchasing the right lights for your house and provides a step-by-step guide for how to put up Christmas lights safely on your house. Some important tips he offers include:

  • Use clips and gutter hooks instead of staple guns and nails to reduce the risk of damaging your roof.
  • Make sure that your ladder is firm and fully opened.
  • Never place the ladder on ice or water, and have someone standing at the bottom holding it in place while you are up on it.
  • Take your time. Avoid rushing the job.
  • Turn your lights off when you are not home or you are sleeping.
  • Replace burned out bulbs with new ones of the same voltage.
  • Do not run wires through doorways or windows.

You can learn more by reading the full article here.

We at Baltic Home Improvements wish you and your family a wonderful and safe holiday season. We hope that you do not experience any disasters that necessitate home improvement work in the New Year, but if you do, you can contact us first for a free evaluation of your job. Best wishes from our family to yours.

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