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Tuesday, Nov. 26th, 2013

Don’t Spend the Holidays in the ER: Holiday Lights Safety Tips

Anyone who’s seen the movie National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation knows that decorating for the holidays can be hazardous to your health. In fact, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, hospital emergency rooms treat more than 12,500 people for injuries every year related to holiday lights, decorations, and Christmas trees.

We don’t want you to be a statistic this season! Whether you hire TaskEasy to install your holiday lights for you, or whether you do them yourself, the following tips are important to remember:

  • When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places. Don’t stand on chairs, desks or other furniture.
  • A straight or extension ladder should be placed one foot away from the surface it rests against for every four feet of ladder height.
  • Always keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
  • When climbing, keep your hips between the side rails and do not lean too far or overreach.
  • Use ladders with slip-resistant feet and wear clean, dry and slip-resistant shoes when climbing a ladder (especially with winter upon us here in Utah, those metal ladders could be slippery; shoes boots collect moisture from ground).
  • When using strings of lights that plug into each other, never use more than three piggyback plugs.
  • Do not use “indoor” lights for outdoor lighting displays. “Indoor” holiday lights are not designed to withstand extreme hot and cold temperatures. Use lights that are rated for outdoor displays.
  • Power strips and extension cords are also labeled for indoor and outdoor use and should be used accordingly.

Or if you don’t want to hassle yourself with hanging up the lights yourself, visit for more information.

The author’s views are entirely his or her own and may not always reflect the view of TaskEasy.