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Safe – Keeping Decorations for the Holidays

Written By June Holder

 It is always a fun festive feel to hang lights to brighten the holidays for those crisp evenings this time of year.  In planning which ones to invest in and installation, consider these things:

  • How much light you want to bring in—size of bulbs.
  • Purchase lights that can be exposed to moisture—rain/snow.
  • Connectors need to be where air can circulate to dry out, allowing for water to drain away safely.
  • Cover ends joining together with electrical tape or encase with plastic freezer bags for protection.
  • Electrical tape or plastic zip ties can hold connectors above ground away from runoff by attaching to branches or handy spot.
  • Plastic zip ties can be spaced to prevent the extreme wind from wear and tear, keeping bulbs from banging into things.
  • A ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFI) prevents shorts and shocks, and is a safety device for precaution for everyone. 
  • Stakes are often needed to hold down displays – driving into the ground the entire length 6-8” will help keep the wind in check.

These are just a few ideas to help keep your special decorations from being torn and scattered throughout the neighborhood.  Using precautions like this, hopefully we will enjoy a safe, joyful holiday season. 

Stratum Real Estate would like to thank everyone who has allowed us to be a part of your lives.  We are better people because of knowing you, thank you.

 

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