If you're decorating the outside of your home, know the rules
The U.S. Naval Base Guam (NBG) and Andersen Air Force Base (AFB) housing offices maintain regulations for residents who wish to deck the halls this holiday season.
NBG Facilities Housing Division Manager Elaine Cruz said the regulations are important in keeping compliance with the law, maintaining facilities and ensuring the safety of families.
“During the holiday season, decorating of quarters is festive and encouraged,” she said. “However, residents must adhere to
the guidelines when decorating the exterior of the home during the holidays or other functions while always exercising necessary caution.”
NBG residents need to be aware that decorations of any sort are not allowed to be installed, planted or placed in common ground areas of NBG or lawns maintained by contractors. Exterior extension cords must be heavy-duty certified and to attach lights, S-clips or similar, inexpensive, non-destructive clips may be used. Also tape, inserting nails, screws or other hardware into sliding, trim or stucco of the house, gutters or eaves are prohibited.
Cruz also suggests decorators keep in mind fire hazards and ensure that live trees are away from sources of heat, not blocking entryways or exits and are properly disposed of after the holidays.
“These requirements, if followed, prevents fire and electrical hazards and promotes safety and awareness,” she said. “Residents can also assist by assessing the safety of their home and report deficiencies to the service desk.”
Andersen AFB housing standards allow lights to be attached to homes using glue, tape or hooks specifically made for exterior use. Residents are warned against nailing, drilling or screwing through electrical cording of exterior lights and are held responsible for any exterior damage caused by holiday decorations.
On both bases, rooftop and second-floor ledge decorations are prohibited. To conserve energy, there are also regulations for lighted decorations.
For residents of NBG, holiday lighting is permitted from Nov. 24 to Jan. 5. Lighted decorations must be turned off by 11 p.m. from Sunday – Thursday and by midnight on Friday and Saturday. Also, decorations should be switched off when the home is empty or unattended. Lights may only be left on all night Dec. 24 and 31.
Andersen AFB regulations state that outside decorations may not be displayed sooner than 30 days before the holiday or event and must be removed no later than 10 days after. Lights may only be lit at dusk and must be switched off during the day.
For more information about housing regulations on NBG, call 333-2033. For more information about housing regulations on Andersen AFB, call 366-5510.