While decking the halls for the holidays is fun and exciting, it can turn dangerous in an instant. With over 18,000 Americans taking visits to the ER for holiday related incidents, the most common come from decorating the outdoors with lights and décor. Today we will be reviewing some of the best ways to keep safe while working at heights with lights.
Check Lights and Décor Before Install
Make sure all light strings are in working order and replace any worn or frayed cords before climbing a ladder. Being able to use both hands for electrical inspections on the ground will prevent potential electrical hazards and distractions.
Inspect Working Area
Make sure ladders have proper footing and are free of any ice/snow. Inspect your roof/gutters to make sure there are no spots that cannot handle the weight of you or your decorations.
Use Three Points of Contact with Ladders
Always maintain three points of contact when moving up and down the ladder. Make sure your hands are free of tools/decorations as you move.
Know Your Surroundings When on the Roof
Be aware of any snow/ice accumulation along with your electrical cords. Trip and fall hazards are the number one injury at home and at work.
Wear Proper Clothing and Footwear
Make sure you are dressed for the weather and your footwear has plenty of traction. Fatigue due to the cold can lead to mistakes that can be costly.
Christmas lights are an exciting addition to the home and help ring in the holiday the right way. If you are installing your own lights, make sure you know these safety precautions to keep yourself out of the emergency room this year. To keep the conversation going, download NFPA’s Holiday Safety Tips or comment below.