Cover the halls safely this year

Make safety part of your family traditions with these tips from Entergy Arkansas for lighting up your home for holiday celebrations.

Bright lights and seasonal candles are staples during the holiday season, but it’s important to note that these decorations can be dangerous. According to the National Fire Protection Association, nearly one in five Christmas tree fires started with decorative lighting and eight percent of tree fires started with candles.

These simple reminders and precautions for decorating the inside and outside of your home will help make it the most wonderful time of the year.

Interior lighting:

If you use a live tree, make sure it is fresh and green with needles that are difficult to pull from the branches.

Place the tree in a position with water, far away from heaters or the fireplace. Check water daily.

Examine all lamps before hanging them on the tree or using them in other home decorations. Do not use lights with frayed wires or loose sockets and have them tested for safety by an independent testing laboratory.

For greater efficiency and safety, use smaller, cool-burning LED bulbs.

Make sure all light fittings contain bulbs. Children are fascinated by light and could put their fingers in empty sockets.

Make sure the bulbs don’t touch the tree branches. Never burn candles on or near the tree and never use flammable decorations.

Never use lights on a metal tree. If the lights malfunction, the entire tree could be electrified.

Be careful not to overload extension cords, wall outlets, or even entire circuits in your home.

Turn off decorative lights when you leave the room.

Place wires where they cannot trip anyone. Don’t let them walk under rugs.

Outdoor lighting:

Make sure that the lamps used are suitable for outdoor use.

Use a non-conductive fiberglass or wooden ladder when working with string lights. Also stay clear of all overhead lines.

Do not replace bulbs when the electricity is on.

Never allow light bulbs to come into contact with flammable materials such as plastic or dry grass and leaves.

For outdoor use, only work with three-wire grounded extension cords.

Use rubber gaskets in light fittings or hang fittings down to keep water out.

Keep connectors and lights off the ground by hanging them over wooden posts. Turn off the holiday lights outside when you are not at home or sleeping.

Visit the National Fire Protection Association website for more tips on how to practice lighting and decorating safety during the holiday season.

About Entergy Arkansas

Entergy Arkansas supplies electricity to approximately 728,000 customers in 63 counties. Entergy Arkansas is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation (NYSE: ETR), an integrated energy company engaged in the production, transmission and distribution of electricity. Entergy supplies electricity to 3 million utilities through its operating companies in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas. Entergy owns and operates one of the cleanest large-scale power generation fleets in the US with approximately 24,000 megawatts of electrical generating capacity, including 5,000 megawatts of nuclear power. Entergy has annual revenues of $10 billion and approximately 12,000 employees.

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