(Orange, Texas)

November 24, 2013

VIDEO: Entergy offers lighting safety tips for the holidays

Special to The Leader
The Orange Leader

BEAUMONT —  It’s the most wonderful time of the year…except when it’s not.

Christmas tree fires account for hundreds of fires annually and one in three is caused by electrical problems. December is also the peak month for home candle fires.

So how can you help ensure your family’s holiday is merry and not-too-bright?

Christmas tree fires aren’t the only kind to worry about. Follow these top eight tips for outdoor lighting safety this holiday season:

• Make sure the lights used are designated for outdoor use.

• Use a nonconducting fiberglass or wooden ladder when working with strings of lights and 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.

As you decorate for the holidays, keep these tips in mind and respect electricity. Otherwise, the man in red who visits your house might be from the fire department, not the North Pole.

Entergy Texas, Inc., provides electricity to more than 420,000 customers in 27 counties. It is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation. Entergy, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, 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.