EMSA Offers Tips For Safely Installing Outdoor Christmas Lights


Monday, November 26th 2012, 10:14 pm
By: News 9


Christmas is just a month away. Many Oklahomans are beginning to put up their outdoor lights to get into the Christmas spirit.

However, EMSA Officials say during the weekend, two people were injured while trying to install outdoor Christmas lights. The two patients are in good condition.

Officials are offering the following tips on how to install lights safely:

  • When installing outdoor lighting, the first thing to do is to make sure that the wires are not plugged in, and that you have everything ready for installation.
  • You should have someone aiding you, holding the ladder steady, and passing you up things that you as you need them.
  • For Christmas lights, make sure that all of the strands of lights work properly before even setting up the ladder.
  • Starting from the highest point of the house that you want to have lights attached to, the most likely culprit being the top of the chimney, attach a female end of the lights to the top of the chimney.
  • Follow the design that you have laid out for your lights.
  • As each strand of lights is installed, hook them up to the outside electrical outlet, to make sure that the strand works, and all lights are in working condition.
  • Once you have completely installed your Christmas lights outdoors, plug a timer into the outdoors electrical socket, and plug the wire into the timer.
  • If you do have multiple plugs to plug into wall sockets, do not use the one socket with a lot of electrical plugs connected together.
  • As you attach each set of lights to the previously installed strand, tie the two strands together, by tying them like shoelaces, and wrapping the joints with electrical tape.
  • When on the roof or the ladder, never reach more than a few inches shorter than the length of your arm, as you would be putting yourself off balance, and risk falling and injuring yourself, your pride, and possibly even the Christmas holidays.

As always, have a cell phone on hand to call 911 should anything go wrong.

Learn more about EMSA and other safety tips.