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How to Safely Take Down Christmas Lights

Red christmas lights on a tree outside covered in snow
January 4, 2022

It has become that time of year that we all try and fulfill our first resolution on our lists for 2022: take down the holiday lights before Valentine’s Day.  

To keep this year cheery and bright, we have gathered tips for you to ensure de-decorating is as safe as possible. Stay tuned for our next post where we explain how to dispose of your Christmas trees.  

  1. Shut off the electricity. All of it! To prevent sparks and potential fires, turn off your electricity from the fuse box while you take down outdoor lights.  
  1. Find the right ladder. The Electrical Safety Foundation International recommends using a wooden or fiberglass ladder when hanging and taking down lights to avoid electrical shocks.  
  1. Last up, first off. The American Arborists suggest following the last up, first off rule. This means to take off the lights in reverse order of how they went up. Doing this will help avoid tangling the strings of lights.  
  1. Watch for ice! Temperatures have dropped since first installing your outdoor lights. Ice can have formed on the ground and may be hard to see with the naked eye. Before climbing your ladder, use your hand to check for solid ground.  
  1. Move your vehicles. Although we can prepare to take down lights safely, we can’t always prevent accidents. If any decorations, tools, or the ladder were to fall – make sure your vehicles are out of the way to avoid damage!  

We hope you find these safety tips useful! If you’re looking to check another resolution off your list, consider getting insured. Here at SafeAuto we offer cheap insurance for your vehicles, boats, rentals, and more. Find us online at or call us at 1-800-SAFEAUTO.  

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