Be careful when putting up your Christmas lights
POSTED: Saturday, November 30, 2013 - 11:48pm
UPDATED: Sunday, December 1, 2013 - 1:05pm
(KETK) - Tyler Tx — We all dream of having the perfectly lit house. The one all the neighbors are jealous of, but the process to getting there can be tricky and dangerous. So you want to make sure you are playing it safe this holiday season when you are out competeing with the Jones'.
"I enjoy the compliments from the neighbors," said Christmas decorator, Stephen Smiley.
For Smiley, making his house shine is a tradition.
"It's gotten bigger and bigger each year," Smiley said.
But he knows his safety is the number one priority, and of course, the safety of his family.
"I'm very safe," Smiley said. "I go up very slow, I go up no more times than I need to, and no grandkids are allowed over until everything is put up."
Besides outdoor safety it is also important that you check the light strands for cracks, frayed ends or loose connections.
"Check the quality of your lights," said Angie Bullington, owner of The Christmas Store, Inc. "And the main thing when you have a real tree is to not let it get too dry."
Also, use insulated hooks instead of tacks, nails or screws. Do not leave Christmas lights running when you go to bed at night or when you leave the house, and read the directions.
"Make sure you're using indoor/outdoor," Bullington said. "Especially on your electrical cords, your extension cords, any of your timers, because a lot of the timers are indoor timers and a lot of people might not notice that."
Because a safe christmas, is a happy christmas.
"It's all worth it in the end," Smiley said. "It makes everyone smile, makes them happy."