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Holiday Lighting Safety Tips
BEAUMONT-By: Leslie Rangel
Those chilly temperatures may have you dreaming of the holidays and with that comes holiday decorating.
One Beaumont professional gave us some safety tips on what to remember when lighting your house and trees.
You've seen the YouTube videos showing dazzling, brilliant light displays.
Most homes will never look like that.
Even trying to get close, is tough.
"Don't expect it to be something you can do in a few hours, put a lot of planning into it," James Hayhurst, a professional holiday light installer says.
For years, Hayhurst has been lighting up houses all across Beaumont.
"When I got into high school, I needed some extra money, and one of the neighbors said 'hey, I'll pay you to hang my lights," Hayhurst remembers.
Now, he owns Sparkling Roof lighting company.
The holiday season means business is good.
"When I start a home, I get a sketch of the outline of the perimeter," Hayhurst said.
He's a professional, and he's sharing a few professional tips to help amateurs stay safe.
"The number one problem I see with homeowner lights is, they'll have too many lights at the end of one section and instead of splicing or clipping, they'll just unscrew the bulbs and put tape over it," Hayhurst says.
He says it could turn into a fire hazard.
"Take the extra time to clip the wire, put wire nodes on it and use electrical tape to tape it off, it'll look better and will be a lot safer," Hayhurst said.
More time, but worth the extra work.
"It might be raining on you one day, it might be 30 degrees one day or 80 degrees the next so working with electricity you have to watch the moisture," Hayhurst says.
And if you still don't want to put in the extra steps, maybe you can use these tips.
"Icicle lights, they may look pretty, but one bulb goes out, you loose the whole section," Hayhurst says.
To avoid going dark, he also suggests LED lighting.
"If you're going to go buy lights, get the big bulbs, you can get them any color you want," Hayhurst said.
The rows and rows of extra work are just the thing Hayhurst needs to help jump start his holiday season.
"The joy I get out of it is when I'm doing my rounds to maintain all the houses, when I bring my daughter with me, she gets to see not only every house I've lit but all the others," Hayhurst said, with a smile.
He also says if you're really serious about your lighting display, it may be a good idea to check your outlets with a power surge to make sure you don't blow a fuse when lighting things up.