1) Decorate your roofing on a dry day with no wind. The weather is cold in the winter and that means ice when its wet. Decorate the roofing right around noon, during the day, when the sun is at its highest point.
2) Make sure the temperature is above freezing before decorating your roofing. This will decrease the chance of slipping on ice while working on the roof.
3) Make sure to have someone home with you while decorating the roof. Not only to add some fun to the activity, but in case of an accident you want somewhere there to help.
4) Ensure the ladder you are using to access the roofing is in good condition and on sturdy ground. Have someone hold the ladder when climbing on and off of the roof.
5) If possible, use a fiberglass ladder to limit the effect any potential electrocution can have.
6) When walking on the roof, wear non slip shoes. Preferably, a good pair of work boots. However, any non slip shoe will suffice. Avoid wearing slip-ons, flip flops, or any other shoe without laces.
7) Before accessing the rooftop, check all lights to make sure they work so you are not messing with them while on the roof. Also make sure all the wiring and bulbs are in good condition to reduce the chance of shocking yourself.
8) Wear a good pair of work gloves when installing the decorations on the roof. Not only will they keep you warm on a cold day, but offer protection.
9) Use extension cords on the roof that are rated for the outdoors. When running the wires, keep them away from metal such roof flashing and gutters. They have the potential of damaging the insulation on the wires, and any conductor could increase the chance of fire or electrocution.
10) Be smart. If possible, use a harness. Anytime you access your roofing you should secure yourself, that is why we recommend a professional roofer, such as MCAS Roofing, assist you in installing your roof decorations. If that is not possible, please, please, please be smart. You want to be in good health to enjoy the holidays with your families.
We wish everyone Happy, Healthy, and Safe Holidays!