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Christmas Light Safety

imageHappy Holidays!

It is that time of year again for hanging your Christmas Lights!  We would like to give you some tips for getting the job done quickly and safely!

As a general rule, do not string more than three standard sets of lights together.

Always follow the manufacturer’s directions!

Verify you have enough lights. Don’t get to the end to find out you need just one more strand!

For exterior power, you should always plug outdoor decorations into outlets protected by a GFCI (Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters) to prevent shock using an appropriately sized extension cord.

Hang your light strands carefully to prevent damaging the cord.  If mounting your lights off the gutter or roof use the specially designed plastic hooks/clips without damaging the trim or walls.

If the ground is level enough and your eaves are low enough, a step ladder might be a good option for you to use. Do not stand or sit on the last two steps & never leave tools sitting on it

Extension ladders – remember the 4 to 1 rule – for every 4 feet in height the ladder should be pulled out 1 foot from the wall or edge.  For all types of ladders – do not over-extend, your belt buckle should never go past the edge of the ladder.

Plug the lights in before you start hanging them! For bulbs that are not working, try pushing them in fully to make sure the bulb is not loose. If the bulb is burnt out, mark it with a permanent marker. When finished, replace the bad bulbs.

If there are any cracked or damaged wires,  buy a new set of lights. If you buy new lights, make sure they are UL tested and approved for outdoor use.

Last but not least, ENJOY and have a MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Prepare your Property for Winter – Tip of the Day

Chimney & Fireplace

Clear the chimney of bird nests, etc.

Make sure the flue damper opens and closes, as well as locks in either position.

Verify the chimney will draw up the fire and smoke properly.

If it has been quite a while, have your chimney cleaned by a professional!

Fire can spread into studs behind the wall if there are open mortar joints. Make sure there aren’t any open mortar joints and have them repaired right away.

Remember to call Jans Corporation and our Maintenance Team will provide you with a free quote and do your Winterizing for you!

Prepare your Property for Winter – Tip of the Day

Roof

Hire Jans Corporation to inspect the roof if you are not comfortable safely doing this yourself, or inspect it yourself wearing solidly fastened shoes having non-skid soles.

Check the roof for missing or damaged shingles and have them replaced.

Check flashing around chimneys and other roof projections which are often the source of leaks.

Make sure gutters and downspouts are clean, having no leaves. Wet leaves remaining in the gutters over winter add significant weight and volume to the gutter when frozen and increase the risk of damage.

Remember to call Jans Corporation and our Maintenance Team will provide you with a free quote and do your Winterizing for you!

Prepare your Property for Winter – Tip of the Day

Condensing Unit

The condensing unit in your cooling system needs to be cleared of debris.

Protect the condensing unit by using a breathable waterproof cover; this will extend the life, efficiency, and performance of the unit.

Remove window air conditioners and store them for the winter. If storing isn’t an option, close the vents and guard with a breathable waterproof cover.

Remember to call Jans Corporation and our Maintenance Team will provide you with a free quote and do your Winterizing for you!

Prepare your Property for Winter – Tip of the Day


Insulating

Insulate exterior outlets and switch plates with inexpensive foam sealing gaskets.

You can buy insulating blankets at the hardware store; it is a good idea to insulate your hot water tank with one of these!

If you don’t use your fireplace often and it leaks air, you can cut a piece of fiberglass insulation and stuff it into the fireplace behind your glass doors to block the cold air coming down the chimney. Remove this when you make a fire.

Insulating Doors & Windows – Cold air from air leaks around doors and windows is as major a contributor to your heating bill. Reduce your heating by simply applying weather-stripping on the bottom and the sides of the doors. For windows, typically air leaks will be at the edges where the window is hinged, slides or meets another unit. An easy solution is to use inexpensive rope caulk. Press the rope caulk into all the joints where air is leaking.

Remember to call Jans Corporation and our Maintenance Team will provide you with a free quote and do your Winterizing for you!

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