COLUMBUS, Ohio — Dec. 1 is one of the most popular days to put up Christmas lights, according to research from House Method.
Some area lighting displays have been on for quite some time, many of which are handled by Light Up Columbus.
Chris Apfestadt and his team are responsible for the holiday lighting at the Short North, Scioto Mile, Bicentennial Park, and Nationwide Arena. They also work on many private home decorations and say there are many mistakes people make when decorating for Christmas.
One of the biggest issues they see is with ladders. Because not everyone is used to being on a ladder when it’s cold, windy, and sometimes icy.
“We have clients who tried to do it themselves, fell and broke their hips, and called us to do it for them. So be really, really careful! Be professional! If you need to call, don’t hesitate,” Apfelstadt said.
Next, check the cord before turning off the lights. Not only is it frustrating to have everything connected and nothing works, but it can also be a safety hazard.
“How you manage your cords is important. Therefore, one of the worst signs of someone who is not a lighting expert is plugging a light directly into an electrical outlet. When you see a beautiful tree, you see a cord leading to an electrical outlet. You can see the line. Use an extension cord to make it nice and clean,” Apfelstadt said.
Apfelstadt added that the best way to ensure everything goes according to plan is to have a plan.
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