“John really surprised me by having this deck added to our Framingham home last year,” Melinda said. “This is the first year I’ve been able to decorate it for the holidays, and I’m so excited.”
Decorating a new deck for the holidays is a lot of fun. Here are some tips from your Framingham deck builders to keep everyone happy and healthy throughout the process:
Inspect your lights before you hang them: Older light sets can get very hot, and faulty sets present a fire hazard. Inspect all strands of lights end to end before hanging them. Any breaks, nicks, or frays in the wiring means your set needs to be repaired or replaced. When choosing replacement holiday lights, opt for today’s modern, cooler LEDs. Not only are they bright and colorful, they are safer and use much less energy than traditional light sets.
Make sure to keep stairways and entranceways clear. While putting a basket of holiday color on the stairs may look cute, it is actually an obstacle that could be problematic for anyone who is young, balance challenged, or has vision issues who tries to get into your house. And once the snow starts falling, having items on the stairs makes it difficult to shovel them easily.
Use outdoor rated extension cords for lighted decorations including inflatables, animated decorations and more. Winter in Framingham is cold and wet. You don’t want indoor rated extension cords connected to your holiday decorations. Outdoor rated extension cords cost slightly more, but they are exponentially safer and more durable.
Don’t forget to have fun decorating your Framingham deck. If dressing your deck for the holidays becomes a huge chore, you won’t want to do it. Involve the entire family and make an afternoon out of it. Take plenty of pictures – especially of your layout. That way if you want to recreate the same look next year, you’ll have records!