It’s that time of the year again when homeowners pull their ladders out to adorn their roofs with Christmas lights and decorations. Not to ruin the excitement for you, but it’s one of those pre-holiday preparations you shouldn’t rush. A small oversight can lead to possible roof damage or worse, a visit to the emergency room.
The experts at Scope Roofing offer a simple guide to safely hanging Christmas lights on your roof and ensuring your decorations are a glowing success.
Prepare Your Materials
To install Christmas lights, you’ll need light clips, wires, and hooks to secure the light strings and other ornaments. If you wish to attach the string lights to eaves, shingles, and gutters, specialty clips make for easy installation.
Before installation, make sure that all your bulbs are working. Check for frayed or damaged cords, as well. It’s also best to have a light scheme in place to ensure that you get the look and design that you want.
Most injuries during the holiday season are caused by falls from ladders or roofs while installing decorations. Have your harness ready or consider other fall safety options.
If you’re going to hang lights over the roofline, check the thickness of the gutter and flexibility of the shingle first. The ideal fall protection gear will depend on the type and pitch of your roof, which this guide outlines.
Consider a Roof Anchor
Having a permanent roof anchor installed is the safest you can get when hanging lights. You can hook your harness, lifeline, rope grab, or lanyard combo anytime you need to put up or take down lights. With a roof anchor, you can reach every spot around your roof, as well. You can also use it as a solid attachment point for other risky roof projects, like cleaning the gutters.
Most house fires occur during the holiday season, so make sure your lights and extension cords are safe for outdoor use. Lights that range between 80% to 100% LED are safer and more energy efficient. Opt for dimmable string lights with a remote control so you can set them to a variety of modes or control the brightness anytime. The holiday season can be damp, so make sure your lights are waterproof as well to prevent electrical hazards.
Finally, make sure you don’t install lights on trees that come in contact with power lines.
There’s nothing more nostalgic than having Christmas lights brighten up your home. Don’t let an injury ruin the holiday fun by strictly following these safety measures. Another way to keep the season festive is to check if your roof is in good condition and ready for the weather. Have Scope Roofing inspect your roof first before you start decorating. Contact us today!