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18 Nov 2021

5 Hacks to a Safer Holiday Season

The holidays are a time for joy, but we all need to have a safe holiday as well. Keeping our families safe is just as important as the joy and fun of the holidays. The last thing any of us need during this time of year is stress from an injured loved one or the hospital bill after a swift trip for stitches. Read on to learn 5 ways to keep your holiday safe. 

 

1. Take Care with Toys 

Christmas toy safety

 

 

Toys accounted for 150,000 Emergency-Room treated injuries in 2020. What’s the solution? Trash all toys? Not so! Go instead for age-appropriate toys that can be enjoyed safely. Be sure to use the product as intended, teach children safe ways to use their new gear, and be consistent in removing items that they attempt to use in unsafe ways. 

 

It can be tempting to let safety slide during the holidays thinking, “It’s a special day, I don’t want to be a downer, worrying about my kid wearing a helmet.” However, it will actually be easier to teach safety from the start, as children (like us adults) struggle to learn new rules after the fact.

 

Plus, with 21% of toy-related injuries coming from non-motorized scooters ALONE, when you choose safety, you’re making the holiday MORE fun. No one wants to spend Christmas in the ER! 

 

2. Be Wise with Holiday Baking

 

Cookies on cooling rack.

 

Is there anything that brings holiday cheer faster than your favorite holiday treat? Is there anything more Thanksgiving than Turkey? Each holiday, no matter the culture or family, has many cooking and gathering opportunities. Unfortunately, cooking fires remain the #1 cause of residential fires. So how to do it safely? 

 

Set a couple of timers and be sure to check in on cooking food frequently. Involving family in the process can make this fun for everyone, especially if you have a designated “Fire Marshall” helping to keep an eye on the fire. Or use a virtual personal assistant. Everyone loves saying “Alexa set a timer” She just might save you from burning the pie this year. 

 

Turkey fryers are especially dangerous. Never use a turkey fryer inside and always set it up in a location clear of flammable materials, away from your home, and free from dangling branches or vines. Wear protective equipment that covers the skin and can withstand hot oil. 

 

3. Invest in Decorating without Injuries

Christmas Light Installation

When you go to buy decorating equipment, you may think to save money by skipping the safety gear (think gloves, roof tie-on systems, proper ladders, etc). Holiday cash can get tight, and no one SEES the safety investment. They will see the lack of safety investment when something goes wrong though. Every single day of the holidays there are 160 decorating injuries. Half of these involve a fall and almost all of them are completely preventable with proper precautions. 

 

If decorating safely is a particular concern for you due to age, physical health, or time limitations, consider hiring out or going without. Companies like ours offer Christmas light installation on the roof eaves for affordable rates and you can be sure we take safety seriously, with professional-grade C7 LED Christmas lights, outdoor-rated extension cords, and automatic timer options that ensure Christmas lights are installed and never thought of again. We even return to take care of any problems and put them away for you

 

4. Water the Tree

Water live Christmas tree for Christmas safety

Live pine trees are beautiful, fragrant, and an important part of many families’ holiday celebrations. They are also responsible for 50 fires every November and December. Be sure you are purchasing trees that have been safely harvested to preserve moisture, and then keep the tree watered throughout the holiday season. You’ll also want to keep a fire extinguisher nearby your tree and any cooking area. Never leave a live tree plugged in unattended. 

 

Every holiday season, over 500 candles start fires and combined with Christmas tree fires result in 20 million dollars of damage. Candles are a beautiful and often symbolic part of the holidays. Like other sources of fire, be sure they are attended to and can be put out quickly. 

 

5. Buyer Beware

 

It’s age-old advice that this holiday season will be particularly relevant. With expected shipping delays, shopping shortages, and record-high inflation, many of us will be tempted to find items in less-than-ideal places. While buying from a trench-coat-wearing bloke in an alley would make most of us wary, too often we forget that online purchases come with risks as well. Beware of offers that seem “too-good” especially if other reputable stores are consistent in their prices and terms. Buy from stores that you trust, and buy early. If possible, use a program like Paypal when buying from a site you have never used in the past. 

 

Have a happy, safe, holiday season!

12 Nov 2021

Christmas Light Installation Process

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1. Call or text for a free Christmas light installation cost estimate.

Give Lighting Master a holler so we can begin work on your free estimate!

2. Review Christmas light installation estimate

We work with you to create your holiday light dreams- all while keeping your budget in mind. We will also create a plan for things like automatic timer set-up and light take-down.

Estimate for Christmas light installation on home
Relax and enjoy Christmas Light Installation

3. Sit back and enjoy!

Let us take care of the hassle of lighting up your home for the holidays. Relax and enjoy the holidays this season!

4. We install professional-grade LEDs

We install commercial-grade supplies and materials to ensure durability and superior appearance. By using C7 LED light bulbs, you might even save a little on your lighting bill.

Sketch of Davis County Utah Christmas light install
Automatic holiday light timer sketch

5. We set automatic timers

We ensure that your Christmas seasonal lights are completely hassle free by offering automatic timers to control when lights turn on and off. You’ll never have to remember whether you’ve flipped a switch or go out into the freezing weather to connect a plug again.

6. We Fix Any Problems

One of the greatest problems with hanging your own Christmas lights is that you have to deal with getting lights up and running. Between broken light bulbs, finding electrical shortages and issues, and heading to the local hardware store three different times to get supplies that you purchased last year, it’s more headache than savings.  We guarantee that any broken bulbs or problems will be fixed, just give us a call!

Broken lightbulb from Christmas lights
Light Take-down is included sketch

7. We Do Take Down

There is a reason why many of your neighbors wait until May to take their Christmas lights down. Getting out in the cold weather of late winter or early spring is difficult for everyone. You can be sure your home won’t be the eyesore on the block that still has Christmas lights up for Easter. We provide light removal at no extra charge and always guarantee your lights will be gone before you know it. No need to waste a New Year’s Resolution on decoration removal!

8. We Pack and Store

No more tangled lines or storage issues, we carefully pack and store the lights for you!

Box for storing Christmas lights

9. Everything Will be Ready for Next Year!

Let us handle everything and your lights and set-up will be ready and waiting for next year. Plus, returning customers get a discount! What more could you ask for?

01 Nov 2021

4 Ways to Wow Your Neighbors this Holiday

The holidays are on their way and after the year we’ve all had, it’s a great time to spread the cheer and goodwill we all long for. Here’s some great ways to wow your neighbors this holiday and bring joy not only to those closest to you, but peace to your own soul.

1. Keep the Noise Down

One of the best ways to wow your neighbors won’t cost you a dime. Save the fancy, artificial wows and give your neighbors what they really want during the holidays: respecting noise ordinances. Get cozy with your family, enjoy relaxing activities, and remind holiday guests to be respectful as they leave late parties. Leaving loud engines running late in the night or early in the morning can make your neighbors less than jolly, so wowing your neighbors by letting them sleep.

 

 

Professional Christmas Light Installation on 2 story

2. Light things Up

Once the noise it’s down, it’s time to ramp up the cheer with a beautiful light display, that dispels the winter dark and chill. When deciding on holiday lights, remember that less is more. Keep lighting streamlined by accenting the eaves of your home. This let’s the natural beauty of the architecture shine–literally.

“Less is more and viewers want to see a property for what it is, not for what someone else has made it” –Chris Chapman

This year, more than ever simple and beautiful Christmas lights will stand out in a big way. Wow your neighbors with the simplistic wonder of small lights strung together to build a glowing light display. Whether you install them yourself or take advantage of a professional, these lights are a wonderful way to bring joy to those driving or walking by.

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3. Give them Gifts

Neighbor gifts during the holidays are a long-standing tradition that too often involves more stress than needed. Like most things, keeping it simple is more likely to be useful to those around you than over-the-top displays. Focus instead on a thoughtful message of warmth. Get the whole family involved and let kids make holiday drawings in lieu of cards. There are so many beautiful and simple gift ideas out there.

Shoveling Snow a Great Gift

4. Acts of Service

As winter fast approaches, remember that it is the small acts of service that spread the needed love we are all looking for. Rather than a marathon baking day to bring people more holiday calories, shovel an extra length of sidewalk to save your neighbor precious time. Smile when you are outside, wave as you drive by. Do the little things that help us all feel a little less alone.