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Mini How-To's for a Perfect Holiday

The Holidays are here!

 

With the holidays right around the corner – now is a great time to start planning for this very busy time of the year.

Probably one of the first steps towards a successful holiday season is preventative maintenance. Making sure key components are in place can be very important.  Below, I have curated some tips from around the forums that can help you get prepared for this holiday season.

 

 

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Take a look at these tips from Designinwomen on how to ensure a great Holiday Sucess.

 

http://community.homedepot.com/t5/THDiva-Blog/Little-Projects-that-will-ensure-Great-Holiday-Success/ba-p/30807

 

 

Here is some additional help from our very own Designingwoman pulled off of another post of hers:

 

  • Basic Electrical Safety Inside and Outside
  • Inspect decorations, cords, plugs, and wiring for any sign of damage. Replace those that are cracked, frayed, or have bare wires.
  • Keep debris away from outdoor lighting, outlets, and power cords.
  • Wear appropriate clothes and safety equipment (like goggles and gloves) when installing decorations.
  • Holiday Lights
  • Make sure all items used are approved for decorating purposes.
  • Check packaging for the maximum number of light strands that may be connected to an outlet.
  • NEVER overload an outlet.
  • Extension Cord Safety
  • Make sure the extension cord you use is rated for the products used.  Cords are marked for either indoor or outdoor use.   Do not mix indoor and outdoor rated cords!
  • Do not connect extension cords to each other.  Use a longer cord if necessary.
  • Timers
  • Turn off lights and other decorations when you leave or go to bed.   Using a timer will automatically turn decorations off (and on).
  • Exterior Outlets
  • Protect outlets from the elements by keeping them covered when not in use.
  • GCFI outlets are your best protection against severe shocks.
  • Up On the Roof (and Other High Places)
  • Metal ladders conduct electricity, so use wooden or fiberglass ladders near electrical wiring.
  • Ensure you will not accidentally come in contact with overhead power lines.   Always assume overhead lines are energized.
  • Holiday Trees
  • Keep your tree hydrated by cutting the base so it can absorb water.  Fill the tree stand with water daily.
  • To reduce fire hazards, avoid trees with dry needles.

 

 

 

 

Front Door:

 

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   The front door to your home is the first thing that your holiday guests will see before entering. Changing the color of your front door or giving it a fresh coat of paint is an easy way to kick off the holiday season. Consider painting it a bright red color and hanging a deep green wreath with gold accents.

 

Outdoor lights:

 

Hanging lights on the gutters is a long standing tradition around the holidays. Below is a link to a post from Chrisfixit on the community about exterior holiday lighting safety tips.Just recall some of those holiday comedy movies you’ve seen and you will appreciate the details given here.           

 

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http://community.homedepot.com/t5/Holiday-Decor/An-easier-way-to-trim-the-home-with-lights-this-holiday/m-p/35285#M182

 

 

Holiday inflatables:

 

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Nothing says the holidays are here like a giant snowman towering over your house.  Below is a great video from our own BlakeTheDiyGuy that walks you through proper set-up of holiday inflatables with safety tips.

 

 

                

 

For lots more on holiday ideas - check out our holiday decoration page.

 

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