Can you believe that the holiday season is already right around the corner? It seems like not all that long ago that many of us were spending time outside behind a grill! Alas, here we are in the middle of winter, the temperatures are dropping, and that can only mean one thing — it’s almost time to hang up your Christmas lights.

At UpWright Restoration Services, we know a thing or two about roof safety being the go-to local roofing company and all. That’s why in today’s post we’d like to share a few tips for how you can stay safe on your roof while you’re hanging lights this holiday season. It’s a time honored tradition to do so, and hanging lights spreads holiday cheer. There are plenty of reasons to put lights up, so if you’d like to remain safe while doing it, our team can help. Keep reading to learn more!

3 Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Make Sure You Have the Right Supplies

What do you need to hang lights on your house? It might vary a bit for different people depending on their unique needs, but generally speaking, you’ll want to have the lights you’ll be using, a ladder to hang them, and an extension cord to plug them in. You may also want an outdoor timer that you can set to turn the lights on and off at predetermined times.

This is also the perfect time to make sure everything is working as it should be. The last thing you want is to untangle the mess of Christmas lights that was sitting in a plastic tote for a year, hop up onto your ladder, and find that they’re not working. Before the ladder is even set up, untangle your lights, plug them in, and make sure everything is working.

Always Reassess Your Safety

Ladder safety is absolutely necessary. No one wants to end up in a Clark Griswold situation, and careful planning and attention to detail mean that you won’t have to. If you’re on the ladder and something feels unsafe, stop. Take the time to make sure that what you’re doing feels comfortable.

You’d probably be surprised to hear about the number of people who end up injured while hanging their lights because they were in a rush to get something done. Yes, it’s cold here in Minnesota, but make sure you take the time to do the job the right way the first time. Don’t rush. After all, spending a little more time now means you’ll get to enjoy the lights for the next month or so, and it means that you’ll have the satisfaction of a job well done. It’s like Henry Ford once said, “Chop your own wood and it will warm you twice.”

Ask for Help

Although many people out there seem bound and determined to do a job themselves, the fact of the matter is that having a helping hand is a wonderful thing. In fact, it kind of embodies the whole point of the holiday season, doesn’t it?

Perhaps you’d like someone to hold the ladder steady. Maybe you need someone who can stand at the street and let you know how everything is coming together. You might just need someone to keep a steady supply of hot coffee coming your way while you work. Whatever the case may be, asking for help and enjoying the company of a friend or family member is a necessary step to take when hanging lights.

Noticed a Problem With Your Roof?

As much as we all want to think of hanging lights as a joyous occasion where nothing goes wrong and you single handedly save Christmas by having the best looking light display on the block, the truth is that sometimes when you get a good look at your roof, you notice that something’s amiss. It could be loose shingles. It might be cracks on the surface of the roof. Whatever the case may be, don’t panic.

At UpWright Restoration Services, we’re the go-to roofing contractor for Minneapolis and the surrounding area. We know what it takes to get the job done right, so if you find damage this holiday season, contact our team for a roof repair or replacement quote. We’d be glad to come by and take a look, and the best part of all is that we’re not pushy salespeople who are bound and determined to bully you into a commitment. Instead, we’ll give you a free quote and let you decide for yourself what the right course of action is. It’s as simple as that.

We’re a family business, and we know what it means to be reliable. If you have issues, contact us today. We look forward to hearing from you. From our family to yours, have a safe and happy holiday season!