Decorating the house for Christmas is one of the many milestones of the holiday season. At least four in 10 homeowners put up Christmas lights, hang a wreath on the door or set a Santa figure on the lawn.
Outdoor Christmas decorations are a great way to create a festive holiday look for your home’s exterior, but harsh winter weather means taking some precautions to keep them secure. Inflatable Christmas decorations are particularly susceptible to damage from wind, ice and snow.
You put a lot of money into your Christmas lawn decorations. Don’t let a few strong gusts of wind blow them away. Properly securing your inflatable Christmas decor gives you peace of mind knowing your investment is more likely to withstand bad weather.
Here are a few tips to keep lightweight lawn decorations and inflatables secured all season long.
Pick the Right Location
Since wind is the biggest challenge with inflatable decorations, try to avoid placing them out in the open. It's best to place Christmas inflatables on flat ground (not on a hill or rise) in a protected spot. If possible, set your inflatable next to walls or bushes to help block the wind. Try to have a large object nearby, like a fence or pole, to help anchor your blow up Christmas decorations.
Secure Them with Stakes
Ground stakes are a good way to keep a Christmas inflatable secure. Many inflatable decorations come with tether lines and stakes, but you can buy additional tie-down stakes for added security. Pound the stakes into the ground as far as possible and use the tether lines to secure the inflatable.
If your blow up Christmas decoration doesn’t have a grommet or D-ring to attach a safety line, you can secure it with twine or lightweight rope. Inflate the lawn ornament, wrap the rope around the middle and tie it to the ground stakes. Make sure the rope isn’t so tight that it distorts the decoration or restricts airflow.
Another way to secure large Christmas lawn decorations is by weighing them down with bags of sand or gravel. Simply tie the bag to the inflatable decoration using the tether line or more rope. Anchor your inflatable in several spots to keep it steady during strong gusts.
Tie Them Down
As an alternative to ground stakes or weights, tie your inflatable decoration to another secure object, like a fence post, porch railing or tree. While inflated, wrap twine or thin rope around the middle of the yard decoration. Wrap the rope completely around the inflatable at least once, being careful not to cut off the airflow. Then, tie it to a nearby object.
The wind isn’t the only thing that can whisk away your outdoor Christmas decorations. Unfortunately, large Christmas inflatables are sometimes the target of thieves. You can make your Christmas blow up decorations harder to carry away by fastening them to a secure object like a porch rail or light pole with a bicycle lock or chain lock.
For added security, place Christmas yard decorations close to the house, near motion-sensor lights and outdoor security cameras.
Inflatable decorations make a great addition to your outdoor Christmas decor. Protecting your inflatables from harsh winter winds helps ensure they will brighten your yard year after year.
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