Baton Rouge, La. – 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 your safety, so our
most important message to you is to respect electricity at all times,” said
Steve Chapman, a senior safety specialist for line crews at Entergy’s Louisiana
utilities. “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. 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 Steven Scheurich, vice president of customer service
and external affairs for Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. and Entergy
Louisiana, LLC, adding 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,” Scheurich said. “We care about helping you keep your
electricity costs as low as possible, and 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
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
So from our families to yours – be
safe, save energy and have a happy holiday season!
Click 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
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 used are
designated for outdoor use.
Use a nonconducting fiberglass or
wooden ladder when working with strings of lights. Also, stay clear of all
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.
Entergy’s Louisiana utility companies
serve more than one million customers through the operating companies Entergy
Louisiana, LLC and Entergy Gulf States Louisiana, L.L.C. With operations in
southern, central and northeastern Louisiana, the companies are part of Entergy
Corporation’s electric system serving 2.7 million customers in Louisiana,
Arkansas, Mississippi and Texas.