The holiday season is just around the corner and many businesses and homeowners will be transferring their homes into winter wonderlands.

While Santa might be an expert on snow-covered roofs, most homeowners are not quite as experienced as him. So, before you start decorating your home or business, it might be a good idea to consider these safety tips to keep you and your family safe this holiday season.


Clean Your Roof and Check the Weather

Before you begin your decorating it’s important to make sure the weather will be suitable for being on the roof. You should also start while it is daylight and will be daylight for several hours. Once you check and ensure the weather will be good for the day, you need to clean your roof. A clean roof is needed to prevent any accidents so start by clearing your gutters and then clearing anything that could present a tripping or slipping hazard.

Make Sure Your Ladder is in Good Shape

Before you get on your roof, even to check and make sure it’s clean, you need to check the condition of your ladder. Make sure the ladder can support your weight and is high enough to reach your roof at a safe height. It’s important that your ladder goes up further than the roofline with at least the last three rungs of the ladder above the roof. It’s also important you do not step on the last three rungs. You should also make sure you place the roof on a flat and stable surface with a 75-degree angle on the ladder. You should also consider getting a spotter for the ladder to help you.

Check Your Wardrobe and Tools

To eliminate other risks, you should consider what you are wearing before you begin. Make sure you are wearing good shoes that provide good grip and traction. It’s also a good idea to wear a tool belt so you can keep your hands free while climbing the ladder. When you are putting tools into your bag, make sure you are only bringing the tools that you will need.

Check Your Lights and Prep Your Materials

Once you have checked your wardrobe and ladder and have all the tools you need, it’s time to check your lights and cords. Make sure that all cords do not show any signs of damage or wear. You will also want to check that the lights you have are exterior lights and plug them in before you climb the ladder to make sure they work. Untangle cords and replace any bulbs that are out before climbing the ladder.

Properly Install Your Lights and Decorations

Once you are on the roof and ready to start setting up your lights and decorations, it’s important that you install them correctly. You should never use staples, nails, screws, or anything else that will penetrate your roof. Use removable clips or hooks that you can take down after the holidays without causing any damage to your roof and home.

Once the holidays are over and you are ready to put the decorations away, you should follow these tips once again. If you are not comfortable climbing a ladder or getting on the roof, then it’s a good idea to have someone else help you.