Beaumont, Texas – This is the time of year when many of us pull holiday
decorations out of the attic and make plans for meaningful time with children,
family and friends. At Entergy, we want to share important safety and
energy-saving tips as you light up the season.
“We care about the safety of our customers, so our most important message is
to respect electricity at all times,” said Jerry Irvine, a senior safety
specialist for line crews at Entergy Texas, Inc. “When putting up outdoor
lights, stay away from overhead power lines and the line that brings service to
your home. Use a fiberglass or wooden ladder that doesn’t conduct electricity.
If you have a live tree inside, make sure it stays fresh and green – the needles
should be hard to pull off. And always inspect your lights before you use them –
if the cords are worn or frayed, throw them away.”
Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association show an estimated
260 structure fires annually are caused by Christmas trees, and another 170 are
caused by faulty holiday lighting. Together they caused 21 deaths in 2009.
“Following safety guidelines can make sure you and your family stay safe, and
that you get to enjoy this time with those you care about,” said Vernon Pierce,
customer service director for Entergy Texas, Inc. He added that energy-efficient
lighting also can save customers money on their electricity costs, which goes a
long way this time of year.
“Finances get tight this time of year for most of us,” Pierce said. “We care
about helping customers keep electricity costs as low as possible. Using lights
that use less power can help. Light-emitting diode – or LED – bulbs have become
a popular choice for holiday decorating and save electricity. In fact, LED bulbs
use up to 90 percent less energy than an incandescent or traditional bulb to
produce the same amount of light.”
For example, the amount of electricity just one seven-watt incandescent bulb
consumes could power 140 LED bulbs – enough to light two 24-foot strings. Many
ENERGY STAR-qualified decorative lights feature LED technology. For more
“From our family to yours—be safe, save energy and have a happy holiday
season,” Pierce said.
here for an illustrated version of the Holiday Lighting Safety Tips, which
are also listed below:
• If using a live tree, make sure it is fresh and green, with needles that
are hard to pull from the branches.
• Place the tree in a stand with water, well away from heaters or the fireplace.
Check water daily.
• Examine all lights before putting them on the tree or using them in other home
decorations. Do not use lights with frayed wiring or loose sockets and make sure
they have been tested for safety by an independent testing laboratory.
• For greater efficiency and safety, use smaller, cool-burning LED lights.
• Make sure all light sockets have bulbs in them. Children are fascinated by
lights and could put their fingers in empty sockets.
• Keep bulbs from touching tree branches. Never burn candles on or near the tree
and never use flammable decorations.
• Never use lights on a metallic tree. If the lights become faulty, the entire
tree could be electrified.
• Be careful not to overload extension cords, outlets or even whole circuits in
• Turn off decorative lighting when you leave the room.
• Place wires where they can not trip anyone. Do not run them under rugs.
• Make sure the lights are designated for outdoor use.
• Use a non-conducting fiberglass or wooden ladder when working with strings of
lights. Also, stay clear of all overhead wires.
• Do not replace bulbs when the electricity is on.
• Never let light bulbs touch flammable materials such as plastic or dry grass
• For outside use, work only with three-wire grounded extension cords.
• Use rubber gaskets in light sockets or hang sockets downward to keep water
• Keep connections and lights off the ground by hanging them over wooden stakes.
• Turn outside holiday lights off when away from home or asleep.
Entergy Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27
counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an integrated
energy company engaged primarily in electric power production and retail
distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power plants with
approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, and it is the
second-largest nuclear generator in the United States. Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.7 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi
and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11 billion and
approximately 15,000 employees.
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