Now that Wilmington has had a taste of cold weather, you are probably looking toward the holidays. Good food, time with family, presents, decorations, lights, music, and sweets – all of these come together to make a beautiful season. It’s a time that you anticipate all year, and you work hard to be sure everyone is happy. But nothing can ruin your celebrations quicker than an accident. From fires to falls, holiday accidents come in many shapes and sizes and send folks to the emergency room every year. So when you are doing your holiday planning, it’s always a good idea to give safety some thought. At Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington, we see the perils of inadequate lighting day in and out. Since the time shift this past weekend, night will be arriving much sooner, and any evening gathering will need outdoor illumination for safety.
Please do a careful assessment of the following areas around your home before the holidays arrive, using the following checklist.
___ The Driveway – Your driveway is the first place your guests will need to navigate. They will be arriving with gifts and/or food, so they’ll likely be distracted as well. Good visibility will make their trek to the front door easier and quicker. They’ll be less likely to trip on uneven pavement, and their car will be less likely to end up in the drainage ditch.
__ Is the entry/exit point of your drive clearly visible from the road?
__ Are there any densely shadowed areas of your drive?
__ Is your drive free of obstructions?
__ If obstructions cannot be moved, are they clearly visible?
___ Pathways – Your driveway may not lead directly to your entryway. If this is the case, you probably have a path to your front entrance. Like the driveway, this area can contain trip hazards while your guests’ visual abilities may be hampered by the things they are carrying. Deep shadows along unfamiliar paths only make them more difficult and dangerous to traverse.
__ Is the path itself easy to locate at night?
__ Can your guests clearly see stepping stones, edges, and/or irregularities?
__ Is the path easy to follow all the way to your entrance?
___ The Entryway – Your entryway is where you will greet your guests and assist them with what they have brought. Entryways often contain steps, and those that don’t, typically contain joints between the walkway and the patio or landing. As a result, they are filled with trip hazards. You entryway will likely be decorated as well.
__ Are your steps and/or walkway joints illuminated?
__ Is there ample light within the entryway to help guests avoid collisions with others?
__ Is there enough available light to do justice to your décor?
If you have done your walk-through and all is well, you are ready for a fun, safe holiday season. If you find that some of these areas are lacking, don’t fret. Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Wilmington is this region’s premier outdoor lighting company, we excel at what we do, and we can remedy the lighting deficiencies your property may have with ease and speed. There is still time before the holidays arrive, so contact us today and be sure your gatherings are merry and bright.