At Window Genie, we clean windows… and a whole lot more. That “whole lot more” now includes “making spirits bright” this holiday season through our full-service lighting and decor service. Continue reading “Who Hangs YOUR Holiday Lights?”
Hanging Christmas lights seems like your run of the mill holiday tradition… but schlepping all those lights and decor up a ladder is actually as dangerous as it is tedious.
Each holiday season we see almost 15,000 holiday decor related injuries across America. Most homeowners aren’t taking the proper safety precautions while working with or near electrical equipment, and don’t even get me started on ladder safety!
Learn from Shawn Miller who shared his story on SafeElectricity.org about how he lost his hand and suffered 27 exit wounds after being electrocuted while hanging his mother’s Christmas lights:
“I was just hanging Christmas lights at my mom’s house like I do every year,” Miller said. “Only this time, I was decorating a new area—the trees that lined the front of the yard.” As he tossed lights up into the trees, 7200 volts of electricity entered his body, traveling from the overhead power lines through his strand of lights. He suffered 27 exit wounds and the loss of his left hand, among other injuries.
“Please take note of your surroundings before decorating outside,” Miller urges, “especially power lines and the service connection to your home. Make sure to keep yourself, ladders, and lights far away from them. I’m lucky to be alive. I want everyone to be careful—be aware of power lines.”
We’re here to offer some tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season. If you opt for the DIY approach with Christmas lights and decor, it’s important to remember:
It’s also important to mind how you operate on a ladder. There’s much more to consider than you think – don’t risk a fall by being careless! Check out our blog post on WindowGenie.com about ladder safety. A few of our favorite ladder safety takeaways are:
If any of this sounds like something you’d like to avoid, then consider leaving it to the professionals. Your Holiday Lights is a Window Genie company — the same trained, insured professionals you’ve trusted with your home’s window cleaning, window tinting, pressure washing and gutter cleaning needs will be there to get your holiday lighting done safely. Call 888-311-8882 for a free estimate.