The winter season is coming, and with it, the holiday spirit sweeps through the nation every single year. As they get closer, you’re probably considering putting up your decorations, and there’s no staple as classic as Christmas lights. However, when decorating the outside of your home, you put yourself at risk of injury. Here are four safety tips for installing outdoor Christmas lights.

Know Your Bulbs

It’s incredibly important to know the finer details of your Christmas lights to prevent outages, short circuits, and even fires. The bulbs that seem bigger and brighter are often seven-volt bulbs, and those simply aren’t the best idea. They burn much hotter than other types of lights and are one of the primary causes of Christmas-time fires when they’re placed too close to garlands, wreaths, or gutters filled with dry leaves.

Keep Trees Watered

Another one of the best safety tips for installing outdoor Christmas lights is to keep trees and foliage you use outside well-watered and cared for. As the fire hazard of those larger-bulbed lights suggest, heat and dry plant life is a recipe for disaster if they get too close together—which is typically the case, given that trees decorated with lights are a staple of the holiday.

Mounting the Lights

A key aspect of putting up your lights ensuring they are properly fastened to a mounting surface so that the wires aren’t left hanging around. When trying to accomplish this, however, it can be very dangerous to use staples or nails because you may puncture the wire insulation, causing shorts and breaks that are difficult to spot. This presents yet another fire risk and is why it’s strongly encouraged you rely upon a professional decorating service, such as our Christmas decorators in Orange County.

Installing Your Lights Correctly

To further elaborate on why hiring a professional decorating service is recommended, know that hanging outdoor Christmas lights can be difficult and dangerous when you’re working alone. The most common injury that occurs is from people losing their balance and falling from ladders or roofs, which really puts a damper on the holiday spirit, to say the least. If you’re adamant about doing your own decorations, make sure you have a second person to act as your spotter and keep your ladder stabilized. The ladder should be one foot away from the wall for every four feet the ladder reaches up to ensure it remains stable.

Diamonds + Baby Blue

Fiesta

Champagne Toast + Rose Gold

Winter Luxe + Cobalt Blue

Enchanted Forest + Red

Winter Luxe

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A refreshing feel of decadence. A timeless appeal, the Winter Luxe Collection dives into the season with a high-fashion feel and rustic wintery undertones.

Sparkle

SILVER BASE FOR CUSTOMIZATION With a base of SILVER ornaments in textures of shiny, matte and glitter this is beautiful as it is. However, we can easily customize this look by adding colored ornaments, to create exciting color palettes.

Glitter

GOLD BASE FOR CUSTOMIZATION With a base of GOLD ornaments in textures of shiny, matte and glitter this is beautiful as it is. However, we can easily customize this look by adding colored ornaments, to create exciting color palettes.

Platinum

PLATINUM BASE FOR CUSTOMIZATION With a base of PLATINUM ornaments in textures of shiny, matte and glitter this is beautiful as it is. However, we can easily customize this look by adding colored ornaments, to create exciting color palettes.

Napa Seasons

Dare to be different Bringing together the unusual creates this stunning design. Burgundy, mocha and platinum are combined in a way that creates this warm modern look.

Crimson Seasons

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Monochromatic and ultramodern Textures of crimson red and silver combined create a dynamic statement. This will be sure to impress all that see it.

Amber Seasons

Transitioning Fall into Winter Warm colors of golds, coppers, red, lime green, burnt orange blend together to create a bright contemporary feel that will take your holiday décor from November through December.

Crimson Cheer

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Vibrant red and gold reinvents itself in this modernized elegant yet traditional theme. Gold beaded orchids are surrounded by gorgeous ornamentation of rich reds and gold. This theme promises to get everyone in the mood for the holidays!

Heavenly Bordeaux

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Traditionally elegant. Burgundy and platinum beaded poinsettias are surrounded by gorgeous ornamentation, a touch of plush velvet ribbon finish off this rich look.

Enchanted Forest

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Escape into our magical forest lightly sprinkled with snow. Botanical elements of eucalyptus leaves, echeverias, pine cones, berries and birch sticks nestle in the snow dusted branches. A naturally beautiful theme.

Midnight Jewels

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A bold combination of blues and platinum blend to create a twilight experience. Opulent magnolias and poinsettias with their beading of crystals glisten against a background of the combination of metallic leaves and lavish ornamentation.

Cashmere Glow

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This theme is truly divine. Plush pewter velvet poinsettias and leaves mixed with metallic and crystal ornamentation come together to create a modern contemporary look with a traditional twist.

Champagne Toast

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Celebrate the season with this lavish theme. A fusion of ivory, soft gold and platinum along with beautiful crystalized ornamentation create this extravagant look.

Midnight Jewels

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A bold combination of blues and platinum blend to create a twilight experience. Opulent magnolias and poinsettias with their beading of crystals glisten against a background of the combination of metallic leaves and lavish ornamentation.

Winter seasons

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Feel the winter chill An icy combination of turquoise, silvers, lime green and cobalt blue unite to bring a crisp, cool modern feel which will look beautiful through the holiday season.

Diamonds

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It’s all about metallic finishes with this modern theme. A stunning fusion of platinum, gold and silver gives this theme a luxurious contemporary feel. Matte, shiny and jeweled ornamentation come together with a touch of gold and silver leaves. Add a pop of color to customize this look even further.

Midnight Jewels

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A bold combination of blues and platinum blend to create a twilight experience. Opulent magnolias and poinsettias with their beading of crystals glisten against a background of the combination of metallic leaves and lavish ornamentation.

Midnight Jewels

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A bold combination of blues and platinum blend to create a twilight experience. Opulent magnolias and poinsettias with their beading of crystals glisten against a background of the combination of metallic leaves and lavish ornamentation.