Entergy Arkansas wishes you bright lights, safe holiday nights
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — For many, this is
the time of year when, after “unstuffing” the turkey, it’s time to unstuff the
attic…by pulling out holiday decorations that signal the start of the next
As you decorate for the holidays,
keep safety first and foremost in your plans. Follow these important safety and
energy-saving tips as you light up the season.
In the Immortal Words of Aretha
“Respect electricity at all times,”
said Sally Graham, Entergy Arkansas, Inc. spokeswoman. “If you’re 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, and never, ever replace bulbs when the
electricity is on.”
When outdoors, also make sure that
the lights used are designated for outdoor use and keep connections and lights
off the ground by hanging them over wooden stakes. For outside use, work only
with three-wire grounded extension cords.
Socket to me, socket to me, socket
to me, socket to me…
Always inspect your lights before you
use them – if the cords are worn or frayed, throw them away. Make sure the
lights have been tested for safety by an independent testing laboratory.
“Always make sure all of the light
sockets have bulbs in them,” said Graham. “Children are fascinated by lights and
could put their fingers in empty sockets.”
“Better yet, for greater efficiency
and safety, use smaller, cool-burning LED lights,” she added. “LED bulbs use up
to 90 percent less energy than a traditional bulb to produce the same amount of
Whichever type of lights you choose,
be especially careful not to overload extension cords, outlets or even whole
circuits in the house.
One of every three home Christmas
tree fires is caused by electrical problems. That’s according to the National
Fire Protection Association, which notes that while Christmas tree fires are not
common, when they do occur, they have a higher chance to be deadly.
This NFPA demonstration
shows how flammable a dry Christmas tree can be as opposed to a tree watered
“A heat source close to the tree
causes one in every five of the fires,” said Graham. “Other causes are candles,
electrical malfunctions and decorative lights.”
When decorating with live trees, keep
your family safe by following these tips:
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.
Keep bulbs from touching tree
branches. Never burn candles on or near the tree and never use flammable
Never use lights on a metallic
tree. If the lights become faulty, the entire tree could be electrified.
“Finally, whether your holiday
lighting is indoors or out, or both, always turn holiday lights off when away
from home or asleep,” said Graham. “You’ll save money and help ensure a safe and
happy holiday season.”
Click here for more Holiday Lighting Safety Tips.
Entergy Arkansas provides electricity
to 700,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Corporation 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, including more than 10,000 megawatts
of nuclear power, making it one of the nation’s leading nuclear generators.
Entergy delivers electricity to 2.8 million utility customers in Arkansas,
Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy has annual revenues of more than $11
billion and approximately 15,000 employees.