Professionals share safety tips for hanging lights

1 year 3 months 2 days ago November 23, 2015 Nov 23, 2015 Monday, November 23 2015 Monday, November 23, 2015 3:31:00 PM CST in News
By: Nick Komisar, KOMU 8 Reporter
Embed Code Copied

COLUMBIA - Thanksgiving weekend is a popular time to start hanging holiday lights, and according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission more than 12,500 people are sent to the emergency room each year because of injuries related to lighting and decorating. 

KOMU 8 News spoke with owners of two lighting and decorating companies to get some advice on how to stay safe. 

Luther Harley owns LJ's Lights and Decor. He said being safe with the ladder is important. 

He said he always makes sure the ladder is on flat, level surface and is leaned against a steady portion of the house. He advises to always have someone else close by who can steady the ladder if need be.

Harley said leaning a ladder against a tree is not a good idea because the top of the ladder can easily slide off the tree.

He also said staying within your limits is the best bet.

"My main thing I would say to a homeowner, if you are attempting to put up your lights yourself and you get to the edge of the roof and it seems steep, don't go any further," Harley said. "Because then your body is going to clam up and you're going to be a little more stiff on the roof which is going to make it more accident prone or make you more susceptible to falling."

Zebulon Hahn is the owner of Christmas Lights Installed. He reiterated Harley's advice on ladders and said proper attire is key.

"The best thing you can do is wear some good boots," Hahn said. "Stay snug to the roof."

Hahn said he has been hanging lights for over 10 years and has managed to not have any significant accidents by always paying close attention to what he is doing and not taking short cuts.

Hahn also said making sure not to plug too many strands into one power source is important. He suggests no more than two or three strands plugged into one power source. 

Ultimately, both Hahn and Harley agree the safest bet is to just call a professional, especially if the roof is really steep or if the person is limited physically. 

More News

Grid
List
ST. LOUIS (AP) — A streetcar that will operate in the Loop area of St. Louis and adjoining University City... More >>
3 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 7:49:51 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - When someone overdoses on heroin or another opioid, the drug slows down their central nervous system until they... More >>
5 hours ago February 24, 2017 Feb 24, 2017 Friday, February 24 2017 Friday, February 24, 2017 6:02:00 AM CST in Top Stories
COLUMBIA - A Moberly woman was charged Tuesday in Boone County for abusing a 12-year-old Columbia boy. Stacey Robertson,... More >>
12 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:23:00 PM CST in News
MONITEAU COUNTY – The Moniteau County Sheriff's Office arrested 10 people during a drug bust Wednesday. The sheriff's office... More >>
14 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 8:19:00 PM CST in News
WENTZVILLE (AP) — Police in the east ern Missouri to wn of Wentzville are investigating after a woman working inside... More >>
15 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 7:23:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA – Plato’s Closet opened a newly renovated store Thursday to give mid-Missouri teens and young adults in poverty affordable,... More >>
16 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:53:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - Gov. Eric Greitens plans to put $11 million back into school transportation and $41 million back into home... More >>
16 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:44:00 PM CST in News
NEW FRANKLIN - President Donald Trump reversed President Barack Obama's directive on transgender students being able to use the bathroom... More >>
16 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 6:36:00 PM CST in News
FULTON - Drive down memory lane to Fulton's Auto World Museum and transport yourself through the decades. Bill Backer,... More >>
19 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 4:07:47 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri House members have passed a bill to reduce the duration of state jobless benefits to... More >>
19 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:51:43 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - The Columbia man accused of plotting a terror attack with people he believed were members of ISIS was... More >>
19 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 3:47:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — A new ordinance in St. Louis prohibits discrimination based on "reproductive health decisions." It's an effort... More >>
20 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:47:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY – The investigatory subcommittee created to examine harassment and hostile working conditions in Missouri’s prisons heard from two... More >>
20 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:45:00 PM CST in News
COLUMBIA - A Columbia man is fighting the Hershey Company in federal court for allegedly under-filling two of its candy... More >>
21 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 2:03:00 PM CST in Top Stories
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri's GOP legislative leaders say it should be up to schools to decide how to handle... More >>
21 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 1:40:00 PM CST in News
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens is largely reversing his proposed cut to in-home care services for low-income... More >>
22 hours ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 12:57:00 PM CST in News
WENTZVILLE (AP) — Police in the eastern Missouri town of Wentzville are investigating after a woman working inside the General... More >>
1 day ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 11:11:00 AM CST in News
COLUMBIA - In a partnership with Kickstarter, the True/False Film Festival has introduced a childcare initiative to provide support for... More >>
1 day ago February 23, 2017 Feb 23, 2017 Thursday, February 23 2017 Thursday, February 23, 2017 10:15:00 AM CST in News
Columbia, MO
Broken Clouds 46°
12pm 50°
1pm 49°
2pm 48°
3pm 45°

Select a station to view its upcoming schedule:

Coming Up Next

11:00a
Rachael Ray
12:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Noon
12:30p
Inside Edition
11:00a
Jerry Springer
12:00p
Jerry Springer
1:00p
Maury

Tonight's Schedule

7:00p
Grimm
8:00p
Emerald City
9:00p
Dateline NBC
7:00p
The Vampire Diaries
8:00p
Reign
9:00p
KOMU 8 News @ Nine on The CW
9:30p
Seinfeld