There is no better time to show off your DIY skills than Halloween. During this time, homeowners across the country head into their garage to whip out their scary Halloween decorations. Often times, these decorations will be located within dangerous areas of the home, such as the roof. Therefore, it only makes sense to make sure that you are keeping yourself and those around you safe from any dangers. The following list includes a variety of things to keep in mind when hanging Halloween decorations this year.
Ask for Assistance
Halloween decorations are often a two-person job. This is because they are either long or very heavy objects. Therefore, in order to make sure that you do not trip or overstretch your body, it is highly recommended to ask for assistance. If the decorations are simple and not too high, you might want to recruit your kids. This can no doubt be a great family bonding experience as well. However, if the job requires a little more strength, then an adult might be your best bet. In addition, even when you can place something on your own, your friend should be in the room with you in the event an accident occurs. Be especially careful to follow safe practices when working with electronic decorations.
Utilize Zip Ties
Halloween decorations are often very heavy and sharp. The last thing you want is one of these objects to fall on a child or adult as they are walking by your home or within your front yard. Therefore, it is recommended that you utilize zip ties when hanging your decorations. Zip ties are very sturdy and often need to be cut with heavy-duty scissors to even break, a great option when you live within an area that sees harsh weather.
Reaching Your Roof
What's a spooky home without a giant ghost on your roof, right? Although roof decorations look great, they can also be very dangerous. Make sure you're safely using a ladder to prevent accidents. You might also want to have a friend present at all times in case you take a nasty fall. If you want to be extra careful, you may also opt-in for purchasing a safety harness that can catch you if you slip while you climb your roof.
Stabilize Heavy Decor
One of the best ways to ensure that your decorations won't fall on someone or on yourself is to weight their base to stabilize their movement. Wind and rain can quickly unbalance a decoration causing them to tip over while you're hanging them on your roof, decks, and even on the ground.
Halloween is one of the fun days of the year. Homeowners want to express their joy of the season and thus place decorations within and outside their homes. However, much with anything, safety must be your first priority. If you're planning on hanging Halloween decorations this year, be sure to follow the tips listed above.
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