You have big plans to dress up your home this holiday season. Before you start plugging in the multiple strings of lights, inflatables, and sound system, take the time to make sure that it will also be a display that is safe for your children and party guests to enjoy.
Squeegee Squad looks forward to celebrating with you now and into the New Year by providing these quick safety tips. To start your holiday season off on the right foot, look to our professional holiday lighting crews to put your display up for you.
Cleaning Up the Yard, Siding, and Windows before the Snow Flies
Begin your decorating plan by creating a clean and repaired canvas for the fun. Before the first deep freeze, bring in all the forgotten toys, inflatable pool, and patio furniture. While you are at it, call the highly-trained pros at Squeegee Squad to have your siding and sidewalks pressure washed, and windows washed to give the best possible appearance.
Selecting a Tree to Last the Entire Season
If you love a real tree, buy yours in mid-December so that it will not dry out before the big day. Keep the tree well-watered to limit the amount of needle loss and help it to resist catching fire from a faulty light string. Inspect your lights before you hang them on the tree and discard any with exposed wires or missing lights.
An artificial tree is often considered a safer option, but it can also ignite when in the presence of an open flame. Check the tree for safety endorsements and avoid placing it near a fireplace or candles. Regardless of the kind of tree you decorate, they should never be anywhere near open flames from any sources.
Outdoor Decor that will Survive Winter Storms
Those giant inflatables and yard ornaments lined up at the home improvement store look awesome! But, will they stay anchored to the ground when faced with blizzard conditions or torrential rainstorms? Before you invest in a bunch of oversized displays, make sure that you can anchor it with stakes. Hammering into the frozen ground is nearly impossible. What about the power cords? Leaving extension cords out under snowbanks can lead to corrosion and shorts. Create a tub weighted with stones in which to protect the electrical connections from wind and weather. If you cannot secure your inflatables, make a plan to bring them in before the storm approaches.
Call in the Experts to Hang Holiday Lights
Have your kids graduated, and climbing a ladder presents more of a challenge than it did in your youth? You can still carry on the tradition of covering your entire roof in a stunning light display while protecting your back and bones. Hire a local business like Squeegee Squad that offers Holiday Lighting Services. We will send out a highly trained crew loaded with all the safety harnesses and muscle needed to execute your vision while you remain safely on the ground.
Check Your Electrical Service before Plugging In
Did you just move into the house this year? Before you light up the entire neighborhood with an epic holiday display, have an electrician come in to inspect your exterior outlets and panel. Older homes may not have a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) installed on any exterior outlets. You may need a heftier circuit breaker installed to support the extra power demand. Avoid a short circuit or worse by spending some of your decorating budgets on a quick once over by a professional.
LED Lights Dazzle without Overloading the Power Grid
The new LED lights not only save you up to 70% on your electric bill, but they also remain cool to the touch even after staying on all night. They are an excellent upgrade for interior lighting that is hung within a toddler’s reach and place less of a demand on your electrical panel. Now is a good time to toss out the set of lights you bought 20 years ago or inherited from your parents.
We are all looking forward to the New Year! We are eager and available to help you ring it in with a home that is beautifully decorated while protecting you and your home. Call early to reserve our Holiday Lighting Service!