Preparing to String the Holiday Lights
The holiday season is just around the corner. For some, this may bring a bit of stress for all of the cooking and cleaning that needs to be done before any guests arrive for holiday meals and celebrations.
But that stress is easily overcome with the excitement for hanging stockings, breaking out the winter snowmen decorations to place around the house, and celebrating with family and friends. This time of year is also a perfect time to start getting the outdoor holiday lights ready! But before buying new lights, double-check this three-part list.
1) Wait for Black Friday Sales
Black Friday is like a holiday in itself; it’s the holiday of shopping! But most stores have great sales, including sales on holiday lights. Prices per strand can range from $5-30, but that price could be knocked down 15-20% or more!
The only downside is that people may have to get up a little earlier than they’d like on the day after Thanksgiving to get to the stores before the lights are picked over.
2) Go Green With the Holiday Lights This Year
These days, there are eco-friendly options for nearly everything people can buy. That includes holiday lights! Using solar-powered lights or LED lights are not only better for the environment, but they help homeowners save money on electricity bills.
Think about it. Most people turn on their lights when it gets dark outside, typically around 4-5 pm in the winter, and only turn them off once they go to bed. That’s 5+ hours every day that homes are using extra electricity for holiday lights. So save some money and consider going green with the holiday lights this season.
3) Take Electrical Safety Precautions
Holiday lights are fun and festive to use, but they do require some caution when they are being strung around the house or the yard. Keep an eye out for possible mistakes to avoid electric shocks or other electrical injuries. Here are a few electrical safety tips.
- Consider switching to LED lights; they don’t get as hot when in use.
- Check for any cracked sockets or frayed wires while untangling the lights.
- If using an artificial tree, make sure that the tree is “flame resistant” before stringing lights around it.
- Use holiday light clips rather than nails or screws. They do less damage to the house and prevent electrical shock when hanging the lights.
- Don’t plug more than three sets of holiday lights into a single extension cord at the risk of it overheating.
- Always unplug the holiday lights when going to bed to avoid fires.
Following these basic safety tips can ensure that homeowners enjoy their holiday lights and the holiday season!
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