This holiday season, there are many people who will be decorating their roofs with lights and other festive decorations. There are so many wonderful ways to decorate your roof this year for the holidays, but you should always keep in mind safety first! This blog post is here to help you out with some safety tips on how to stay safe while winterizing your home and removing your seasonal decorations a few weeks from now.
Follow these holiday decorating roof safety tips
1. Make sure you have a roof that is free of ice and snow
Before putting up any lights or decorations, make sure that your roof is clear of all ice and snow. It’s very important to do this before starting because it can be very dangerous if you try to decorate while the roof is still slippery. If there is a lot of snow on your roof, wait until it has melted before getting started.
2. Use the right ladder for your roof’s height
If you’re going to be hanging lights and other decorations on your roof, make sure that you are using the right ladder for the job. A ladder that is too short will not give you enough reach, while a ladder that is too tall may be unstable.
When choosing a sturdy ladder, always make sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully and follow all safety precautions. If possible, have another person help you with the set-up and use of the ladder.
If you don’t feel comfortable using a ladder or if it’s icy outside, consider hiring a professional holiday light installation company instead. Many companies offer this service, and it can be well worth the money to have someone else take care of safely installing your holiday lights.
3. Tie down any decorations to avoid them blowing away in high winds
If you’re using any type of holiday decoration that is not secured to your roof, make sure to tie it down securely. This includes things like garland, wreaths, and holiday flags.
Wind can easily pick up lightweight decorations and carry them away, so it’s important to take the necessary precautions to keep them in place. If possible, use zip ties or other types of fasteners to keep everything in place.
It’s also a good idea to check on your decorations regularly during high winds to make sure they haven’t come loose.
4. Keep children and pets off the roof at all times
If you have children or pets, it’s important to keep them off the roof. It may be hard for adults to stay balanced on a slippery and icy roof, but it is even more dangerous for little ones who could slip and fall. If your kids want to help with decorating this year, let them put up decorations indoors instead where they can be kept safe at all times.
5. Be careful when using ladders on roofs with steep slopes
Using a ladder with a steep-sloped roof be difficult to keep balance and may require additional safety measures like ropes or harnesses.
If your roof has an extreme slope, it’s best to contact a professional holiday light installation service instead of attempting to do this yourself. They will have the proper equipment and knowledge needed for the job, so let them handle holiday lighting installations instead!
Fire Hazard Basic Roof Safety Tips
If you are decorating your roof with outdoor lights, make sure to practice fire safety. Electricity and fire do not mix well together, so always be very careful when using decorations that require an electrical outlet. Here are some additional tips to keep in mind:
Be aware of electrical wires running across your roof before climbing up there with an extension cord or ladder.
The decorations you plan on using may require an electrical outlet, so be sure to carefully inspect your roof before getting started.
If there are any warning signs of faulty wiring or even just a single cracked wire casing, do not attempt to hang holiday lights on that part of the roof because they could easily touch and cause a fire. Instead, contact an electrician right away for repairs!
This is especially important if hanging outdoor lights near trees where fallen branches might come into contact with electrical wires running across your rooftop.
Make sure your decorations are safe for outdoor use
Not all holiday decorations are made for the outdoors, so be sure to check the labels before using them.
If you’re using lights outside, make sure they are weatherproof and that the cords are protected from rain and snow. Icy conditions can also cause electrical problems, so it’s important to take precautions against winter weather if you’re hanging holiday lights outdoors.
Protect electrical outlets from potential water damage
If you’re using holiday lights that plug into an electrical outlet, be sure to use a weatherproof extension cord.
Extension cords can easily become wet from rain or snow, and this can cause a fire if the wires inside them get too close to each other. By using a weatherproof extension cord, you can help protect your home from potential water damage.
Use holiday lights sparingly
Just because your roof can handle the weight of holiday decorations doesn’t mean you should go overboard.
Too many lights can create a fire hazard, so be sure to use them sparingly and only in well-ventilated areas. It’s also important to make sure any extension cords you’re using are not overloaded with too many holiday decorations.
Carefully Remove Your Decorations This Holiday Season
When you’re finished with your holiday decorations, be sure to take them down slowly and carefully.
Do not just pull everything down at once – this can easily damage roofing materials or knock holiday lights off the roof and cause a fire. Instead, remove each decoration individually and store them safely until next year.
Practice These Holiday Decorations Safety Tips
By following these simple safety tips, you can enjoy holiday decorating without worrying about the potential dangers. Happy holidays from Crossover Roofing!