Happy holidays from your local home inspection company Home Inspector Albuquerque. Homeowners are busy this time of year decorating their homes with their brilliant and dazzling LED and exterior Christmas lights and holiday decorations. It is a festive and beautiful time! It can also be a dangerous time as often times ladders are involved in the process. Using proper ladder safety when decorating roofing systems or tall trees is highly encouraged.
Always look up first to locate and identify any possible overhead electrical lines that may be in your ladders path. Before you set up your ladder, you will want to know the exact positioning of overhead electrical lines and make sure to steer clear of them to remain safe. At home inspector Albuquerque we are always concerned about safety and we want you to be safe when operating your ladder while decorating this holiday season.
When setting up your ladder you want to make sure that the ladder’s footing is established, and that there will be no slipping when you start to climb the ladder. If using a extension ladder you will want to make sure that top of the ladder is extended beyond the roof eaves at least 3 ft. and that when you are standing upright on the ground that your arms are outstretched and touching the arms of the ladder. While you are on the ground you will want to see your feet are also meeting the feet of the ladder. Using this method helps to ensure that your ladder spacing relative to the house structure is at the correct angle for safe travel up and down the ladder.
Always face the ladder and maintain 3 points of contact while climbing up or down. When you reach your destination point tie off your ladder to the gutter system or any other fixed point to ensure that your ladder does not accidentally fall to the ground and maroon you on the roof with your glue gun and strands of Christmas lights.
It is a best and safe practice to decorate in a well lit time of day when weather conditions are favorable for that type of activity. Also, if you decide to get up on your roof in a well lit time of day it will allow you an ample opportunity to conduct a quick roof inspection while you are up there. You may also want to inspect your gutter systems. This can be a great time to actually clean out those gutters before you start to attach Christmas lights.
At home inspector Albuquerque we always recommend a annual roof inspection and cleaning of the roof and gutter systems. It is a good practice to maintain gutters that are free and clear of debris so that when needed to perform their function of directing water away from the house structure the gutter system can do just that. If while up your roof you discover a condition on the roof that may be of concern, you can always call us at
505-333-4041 to come out and perform a stand alone roof inspection service to help to identify what roof conditions may exist and that may need to be addressed right away to avoid further damage.
It is always recommended to use Christmas lights that are intended for exterior use when attaching the light strands to your house. Always us light strands that are intact and not missing any bulbs. Do not over load your circuit as will most likely trip the breaker or the outdoor GFCI receptacle. If so, you will have to reset them often and will most likely have to split the load between multiple receptacles.
As your trusted local home inspection company we here at Home Inspector Albuquerque are wishing you a safe and happy holiday season!
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