A little bit of caution will save a whole lot of trouble and keep you and your family safe, happy and healthy this holiday season.

Eversource offers tips to keep Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s Eve the most merry time of the year.


  • Make sure to use lights that have been safety tested and are appropriate for the way they'll be used.

  • Check all lights, especially older ones, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard any damaged sets.

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

  • Don’t overload electrical circuits; follow the directions on cord labels regarding connecting light strings and extension cords. If a cord feels hot to the touch, it is overloaded and may cause an electrical fire.

  • Consider a programmable timer to strings of lights to ensure lights are not accidentally left on. This helps regulate energy use and reduce cost.

  • Holiday lights using light-emitting diodes (LEDs) use one-tenth the energy of traditional mini-lights and are cooler to the touch, reducing the risk of fire.

  • Christmas tree limbs and hot lights can be a dangerous combination, so if you have a live tree, be sure to keep it fresh. Before you put the tree in its stand, cut its base at a 45-degree angle so it can absorb water. Water the tree liberally — the average tree can consume between a quart and a gallon of water a day. Remove the tree promptly after the holiday or when it becomes dry.         

  • Keep flammable decorations away from the tree’s lights. Make sure that electric window candles do not touch draperies or other flammable objects.