With the holiday season upon us, you might be feeling the itch to break out those strings of twinkling lights. But don’t get so carried away with the holiday spirit that safety precautions fall by the wayside!
If you are planning on getting on your roof to install Christmas lights, here are a few things you should keep in mind to keep yourself and your roof safe!
An excellent question to consider while implementing your holiday decoration plan is, “Would Clark Griswold do this?” Generally, if the answer is yes, do not proceed—especially when it comes to stapling lights to your roof.
The best way to hang holiday lights is by stringing them through plastic clips attached to your shingles, gutters, and eaves. Plastic clips designed for use with holiday lights are easy to install and remove, affordable, and readily available at most home improvement or large retail stores.
Using plastic clips instead of traditional nails or staples will prevent you from puncturing your shingles or gutters. Even the tiniest hole in a shingle can allow moisture to seep in and potentially damage the roof. Using nails or staples can also puncture the wires of your lights, or wear down their insulating coating, possibly causing electrical problems.
Christmas is a season of festivity and celebration! Have fun with your decorations, but make sure that it’s not at the expense of your roof—or you might end up on Santa’s naughty list.
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