4 THINGS TO DO BEFORE HANGING OUTDOOR CHRISTMAS LIGHTS
1. Get an Inspection
Before installing holiday lighting, hire an electrical contractor to inspect the property. This expert can determine if a building’s electrical system can withstand the use of numerous lighting fixtures. The inspection will include checking the home’s electrical circuit box to prevent electrical fires. During this time, you also can have additional outlets installed inside or outside the home. After all, you don’t want to blow a fuse and end up freezing midwinter! It’s better to be safe than sorry, so go ahead and add nearby smoke detectors before hanging Christmas lights.
2. Prep Your Home
Before installing lots of Christmas lights, make sure your home has fire-resistant roofing materials and siding. Metal, clay and recycled rubber tiles, along with fiberglass-based asphalt shingles are some roofing materials to consider. As for siding, masonry, fiber cement and treated wood are good options. In addition, you need a smoke alarm inside the house, and you may also want to have automatic fire sprinklers available. It’s also good to install surveillance systems that monitor the display, because then it will be possible to see what’s happening on the property.