Tips for Taking Down Those Holiday Lights

It’s already January, and you have been staring at the holiday lights on your house every day you get home from work and keep telling yourself that you’ll get to taking them down eventually. Nation Wide Ladder is wondering, why not now? Though it can be a pain to get out the ladder in MA on a cold winter day, you might as well get it out of the way sooner rather than later. Here are a few considerations we have for the removal process.

side on of man hanging Christmas lightsAlways inspect your ladder before use

It doesn’t matter if you’re taking down holiday lights or if you’re hanging a picture, the proper way to use a ladder is to inspect before you step foot on it. The last thing you want is to be 15 feet off the ground and find it is unsafe. Look for rust and broken parts, and ensure that all feet are stable on the ground.

Check ground placement

With all the weather we face in New England, you sure always be sure that you’re placing your ladder legs on a strong, sturdy, non-slip surface! Always check for black ice, wet leaves, and other dangerous elements that could cause our ladder to slip and hurt anyone who is on or around us.

Use approved ladder practices

Common sense while using a ladder is essential, especially because so many people make the mistake of cutting corners and hurting themselves! There should only be one person on the ladder at a time, you should never step past the third rung to the top, and always face towards your ladder.

Utilize ladder attachments

Though it might seem easy to wrap up your lighting and carrying it as you go, it can be extremely dangerous. Always be sure that you can hold your ladder with both hands at the same time, and use the ladder equipment attachments that make your life easier! Having a platform or hook to place your lights can make a world of a difference.

From commercial to residential, from ladders to scaffolding in MA, there is nothing that Nation Wide Ladder doesn’t handle when it comes to construction equipment. With more questions about how we can help you with your simple home projects, call us today at (800) 228-2519.