Did you know May is National Electrical Safety Month? The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a non-profit dedicated to promoting electrical safety at home, at school, and in the workplace, leads an annual educational campaign about the steps that can be taken to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries, and losses of property. This year’s campaign features new and updated resources to facilitate an electrical awareness campaign for communities, organizations, workplaces, schools, and families. The resources include fact sheets, tips, templates, and tools to promote electrical safety.
The ESFI believes that raising awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing electrical fires, injuries, and death. To help raise awareness, they have published the 2014 National Electrical Safety Month Electrical Safety Advocate Guide and launched the special edition magazine Electrical Safety Illustrated.
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 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 and regulations;
- Standards and best practices for employers, safety directors, electricians, and maintenance professionals; and
- The proper uses of tools to insure 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 maximum impact.
Be sure to check out the EFSI’s website for more information on National Electrical Safety Month and for many resources and tools for a better understanding of electrical safety.