‘Tis the season to flaunt your enviable hosting skills and impeccable taste in holiday decor. But before the guests arrive it’s key to take the focus off of the inside of your home and spend a little time checking the outside for potential safety issues. Here are 6 tips to outdoor holiday safety.
1. Clear the snow and ice. Yakub from Mr Lawnmower Landscaping recommends that you purchase a good shovel. Shovels are a great way to get rid of snow and slush and investing in a good one will do the job. Be sure to shovel frequently, don’t wait until the snow piles up to maintain safe conditions and prevent injury. If you can’t maintain it yourself consider bringing in a professional to take care of the job.
2. Remove loose branches. Yakub informs us that safety is the first consideration in removing branches or limbs from storm damaged trees and those broken and dead branches that pose no immediate danger of falling can be pruned early on to prevent injury if they were to fall.
3. Throw down some salt. Salt is perhaps the most well known product for removing ice. It is inexpensive, readily available and Mr. Lawnmower always advises that you sprinkle some salt on your driveway as soon as you can. The more traffic you have going across the snow will pack it down into ice, making it much harder to remove.
4. Light the way.Pierre from Java Electric says that burned out bulbs and broken fixtures are a no-no. Check to see that all of your outdoor lights (both on the house and lining walkway) are in working order and bright enough so guests can see clearly.
5. Secure all cords. Holiday electrical safety is a major do. However, loose cords that guests could trip over are a total don’t. Pierre suggests that you keep cords secured and off of the ground with eave clips or insulated staples rather than nails or tacks.
6. Watch for icicles. You love when icicles form on your eaves of your house, but they can also be a safety hazard. Danny from Roofs on Homes tells us that you should hire a professional to clean your eaves before the winter to make sure that they are free flowing. If you are experiencing heavy ice damning you might want to make sure your attic has proper air-flow.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown