Holiday Decorating Tips for a Safe and Magical Display A home beautifully decorated with Christmas lights for the holiday season

The holiday season is finally here! It is time to start decking the halls with lights and decorations. Decorating for the holiday season can be a lot of work, but is well worth it in the end. A well-lit house or holiday display will bring joy to guests and neighbors who pass by. Follow these tips for a successful and safe decorating season!

Holiday Decorating Safety Tips

Injuries during the holiday season are not uncommon. Every year, emergency room doctors see cases of broken bones, cuts and muscle strains caused by falls while decorating for the holiday season. Unfortunately, the danger does not stop there. Faulty circuits or Christmas trees being placed too close to an open flame result in countless house fires every year. Before you decorate, read these holiday decorating tips for a safer holiday season!

  1. Be Cautious When Using a Ladder: While it may be tempting to hang holiday lights from the roof and high branches yourself, be realistic. If hanging the holiday decorations may result in an injury, enlist help from friends or professionals. Unsteady ladders result in countless cases of both injury and death every year.
  2. Check Your Outlet: Before hanging up your holiday lights, make sure you have the proper outlet. A ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) will shut down the circuit if there’s an overcurrent.
  3. Use Waterproof Lights and Extension Cords: Only use lights and extension cords that are marked for outdoor use. Waterproof lights will be marked with an underwriter’s lab (UL) tag.

The Best Outdoor Holiday Decorating Tips

  1. Check Your Lights: Before hanging the lights, test out the bulbs. The only thing worse than discovering you have a faulty holiday strand is discovering that faulty strand when the lights have already been hung. Before hanging the holiday bulbs, take the time to test out your lights.
  2. Plan Out Your Decorations: For a house that looks organized and put together, plan out the location of the lights and decorations. This will also keep your display from looking too messy or cluttered.
  3. Use Light Nets for Trees and Shrubs: Gone are the days of winding holiday lights through branches and along shrubbery. Nowadays light nets make decorating tricky foliage a simple task. Instead of wrapping lights around branches or bushes, simply lay a light net down for an easy festive look.
  4. Use an Animated Lighting Display: If you don’t want to mess with the hassle of hanging holiday lights, consider instead using animated lighting. This is a quick and easy way to bring holiday cheer to your front lawn without having to climb up on a ladder or spend hours decorating.

How to Store Holiday Decorations

When it’s time to take down your holiday display, take the time to clean and organize the decorations for the next year. To avoid light strands from becoming tangled, wrap them around old wrapping paper rolls. Any decorations that were outside during the season should be cleaned before storage. This includes figurines, blow up displays, lights and wreaths.

Are You In Need of a Location to Store Your Holiday Decorations?

Holiday decorations can take up a lot of room. Between the inflatables, figurines and artificial tree, the decorations can easily eat up a large chunk of the storage space in your home. Instead of storing your holiday decorations in your home, consider using a storage unit. A storage unit rental will keep your holiday decorations out of the way, but in a safe location for when they’re needed. STORExpress has storage units ranging in sizes from 5X5 to 10X30, and everything in between. Contact us today!