CINCINNATI -- Severe storms during the holiday season can be a downer for many reasons. One reason you may not think about until it's too late: Your home's holiday decorations could fly away or be wrecked in the storm.
This week, the Tri-State can expect severe thunderstorms and strong winds -- that could mean trouble for your lawn and home decorations.
Stay up-to-date with the latest forecast on WCPO.com!
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Here are some tips to keep your holiday decorations home (and in one piece) this holiday:
- Inflatable decorations may not survive the heavy winds. While it may seem grinch-like, your inflatables may be better off deflated and in the garage -- at least until the storm passes. If you insist on risking it, weigh these guys down with rocks or bricks.
- Holiday lights could become a "dangerous projectile" in heavy winds, according to Master Restoration online. Channel your inner Clark Griswold and staple those bad boys to the trim of your home, your trees, whatever you can find. (Just don't staple your gloves along with them, Sparky.)
- Lawn decorations that aren't inflatable should be tied down to any nearby trees or stuck with stakes into the ground. The Home Depot recommends using guide wires to tie down lawn decorations.
- Even if you aren't concerned with possibly losing or ruining your decorations, any flying objects could easily do damage to your car, windows or home siding. Just another reason to tie those babies down!
- After a big storm, check your yard for any loose decorations; if you find stray decor, adjust your strategy accordingly. Did all of the inflatables go rogue? Maybe your rock/brick system wasn't totally effective.
Watch the video above to see how Cincinnati-area neighbors are keeping their yards intact.