Tips on holiday lighting safety from the power company

Tips on holiday lighting safety from the power company

Have you lit up your house to celebrate the holiday season? Eversource wants you to make sure you stay safe as you enjoy the season and possibly save money in the process.

Taking precautions can not only protect yourself from fire or electrocution, but those same steps can go a long way to get into the holiday spirit without breaking the bank, according to Bob Coates, vice president of safety for Eversource.

“Before stringing holiday lights throughout the house, or putting the blow-up snowman on the front lawn, it’s always best to go through a quick safety checklist,” Coates said in a press release.

According to Eversource, one of the biggest safety hazards when it comes to lights is frayed wiring and electrical issues such as broken or cracked sockets. Not only do these issues present safety hazards, but can also increase the cost of electricity.

When hanging lights, Coates said be cautious and alert of where power lines are and never touch active wires.

“Be sure the lights you’re putting outside are labeled for outdoor use, always look up and stay away from all power lines when decorating outdoors.  Never raise ladders or extend objects anywhere near cables and equipment.”

In addition, the company suggests replacing aging lights and decorations with more contemporary options when possible. Using an LED bulb can help users save up to 7.5 times what they would have spent to power traditional holiday lights, the company said.

“LED strings generally last much longer than traditional bulbs and longer strings of them can be safely run from the same power source,” Eversource spokesman Mitch Gross said in a press release. “In addition to a longer lifespan, LEDs offer significant cost savings. A string of standard incandescent mini lights uses around 40 watts while a comparable string of LEDs typically uses just 4.8 watts, which can make a big difference over the course of the season.” 

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– Jason Vallee

Saving money of your holiday lights

Eversource offers the following holiday tips to help customers stay safe and save money this holiday season: 

• Never run extension cords under rugs or coil them tightly around themselves, which can cause them to overheat.

• Use a programmable timer for lights to ensure they aren’t accidentally left on.

• Check extension cords for wear, and plug outdoor lights and decorations into GFCI outlets.

• Use advanced power strips where possible for all holiday lighting to eliminate standby energy loss.

• Turn off room lights when the tree is lit to save energy while creating a festive atmosphere.


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