It’s May and once again it’s National Electrical Safety Month, an annual educational campaign of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically related fires and fatalities, injuries, and losses of property that result from these fires.
The ESFI believes that raising awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing electrical fires, injuries, and deaths. To that end the ESFI has developed its 2015 National Electrical Safety Advocate Guide and published a second volume of the special edition magazine Electrical Safety Illustrated that was launched for last year’s National Electrical Safety Month. The magazine’s theme for this year is “That Old House, This New Update.” It’s designed to inform readers about the common hazards posed by the country’s aging stock of houses and recommends a variety of updates that can be made to all homes.
The 2015 campaign also includes a comprehensive collection of new and updated resources to help facilitate an effective electrical safety awareness campaign for your community, organization, school, or family. Included is an extensive collection of useful fact sheets and related safety tips, plus templates and tools you can use to promote electrical safety and National Electrical Safety Month in homes, schools, communities, and workplaces. There are also media outreach materials and social media content to further spread the ESFI’s life-saving campaign messages. You can follow the ESFI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube to stay abreast of emerging electrical safety concerns and receive updates and reminders on how to protect yourself.
For the home the ESFI advocates the use of advanced safety technologies including AFCI circuit breakers, GFCI outlets, and tamper resistance receptacles. They also advocate gaining an understanding of your home’s electrical system including learning what’s inside your service panel, what kind of wiring system is in your home, and whether your outlets are grounded.
For the workplace, the ESFI advocates knowledge of industry codes, regulations, standards, and best practices for employers, safety directors, electricians, and maintance professionals, and, finally, the proper use of tools to insure that workers are protected from electrical hazards.
The ESFI also provides statistical data on occupational electrical injuries and fatalities, knowledge of which can help decision makers better allocate safety resources for maxiumum impact.
Find all about National Electrical Safety Month and all of the ESFI’s resources and recommendations by visiting their website.