The holidays are just a few weeks away. That means lots of traffic in and out of the house – from the Amazon delivery to holiday party guests – and you want to be sure that your deck looks great. When decorating your deck for the season, you’ll want to keep these safety tips in mind:
Stairs should be strong, level, and kept free from clutter.
People rely upon your deck stairs to for safe, easy access. Stairs get a lot of wear and tear throughout the year. Take a moment and inspect your deck stairs. Are they strong, level, and in good repair? Are there any stairs that you or your family avoid using because you’re worried about its condition? Winter conditions can make stairs that were marginally okay unsafe. Have any needed deck repairs done promptly, before the worst of the snow and cold arrives.
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Lighting should be festive and functional.
Putting up holiday lights is a lot of fun. Take this opportunity to make sure your deck is properly illuminated. Night comes early at this time of year, and it can be pitch black before dinnertime. Good lighting makes it easier for people to come to your home safely – and as an added bonus, bright lights deter criminals from trying to gain entrance to your home.
Secure decorations & protect wiring.
The winter weather in Massachusetts can be extreme. Securing holiday decorations so they don’t blow away in the wind is a very good idea. Another best practice is to make sure that all of your holiday decorations are plugged in using extension cords rated for outside use. Take care that wires are positioned where they don’t serve as a tripping hazard. Bonus tip: have your deck contractor install exterior outlets to make decorating your deck throughout the year super simple and convenient.