Entegy: be safe, save energy when lighting the holidays
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 information, visit
“From our family to yours—be safe, save energy and have a happy holiday season,” Pierce said.
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
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 the house.
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 and leaves.
For outside use, work only with three-wire grounded extension cords.
Use rubber gaskets in light sockets or hang sockets downward to keep water out.
Keep connections and lights off the ground by hanging them over wooden stakes.
Turn outside holiday lights off when away from home or asleep.
Texas, Inc. provides electricity to more than 400,000 customers in 27
counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy is an
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