Remember to Shine On for a Safe Holiday Season

Posted on December 6, 2012 by John Bruce

Did you happen to catch my television appearance on Fox 4 News last week?  If so, you heard me talk about our ‘Shine On’ approach to hanging holiday lighting and décor.  If you missed the segment, and are intrigued with the meaning of ‘Shine On’, you can watch the segment by clicking on the photo below or read on.

Fox 4 News – Kansas City interviews John Bruce of Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City on Holiday Lighting.

During the interview about hanging holiday lights safely, I explained our ‘Shine One’ approach.  These simple steps can keep you safe while hanging your holiday decorations inside or out:

Sketch – sketch out a plan before you climb any ladder.  This eliminates the time spent on the roof, or elevated, which is a potential safety hazard.

Hang – test all your lights and pre-plan how you’re going to hang them while you are still on ground level.

Investigate – make sure all your clips and extension cords are in good working order and your light strands plug into them safely.

No Shortcuts – don’t take any shortcuts to get the job done quickly.  One of the most common mistakes is plugging too many strands of lights together.  Each holiday light package will list the maximum amount of strands you can safely use together.  Never exceed this amount for any reason.

Encase – protect your extension cords and plugs to keep moisture out of them.  Use an outdoor rated cord cover to make sure the electrical connection stays dry.


Only use clips when hanging outdoor lights and decorations, not nails!  Clips hold much better and do not destroy your home’s exterior.

Never go solo.  You should always have another person with you when you are climbing ladders or up on a roof.  Mishaps with hanging holiday displays send more people to the emergency room this time of year than anything else, so be sure you have someone to help hold your ladder and hand you items safely.

We want you to have a safe and happy holiday season, and using our ‘Shine On’ approach can help you get there.

Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City

John Bruce, Owner
Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Kansas City