May is National Electrical Safety Month

Arlington, Va.—  The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual effort to help reduce electrically-related fatalities, injuries, and property loss.

This year’s campaign theme is “Decoding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) to Prevent Shock and Electrocution,” which features resources to help protect against common electrical hazards.

Since their introduction into the National Electrical Code in the 1970s, ground fault circuit interrupters have saved thousands of lives. The Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates that 50% of home electrocutions have been prevented by the introduction of GFCIs.

Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns from sticking items into the slots of electrical receptacles.  Additionally, an estimated annual average of 70 electrocution fatalities are associated with consumer products. Further, there are reported cases of electric shock drowning that occur in marinas and swimming pools each year.

Featured National Electrical Safety Month content includes an infographic titled “Electric Shock Drowning – Unknown Danger Lurking in the Water,” which uncovers the dangers of electrified water in or near marinas; “Tamper Resistant Receptacles – Childproofing Done Right,” highlights the only permanent solution to childhood shock and burn incidents from sticking items into electrical outlets; “National Electrical Code®: Your Guideline to Safety” provides background on the NEC and the importance of its timely adoption; “Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters – Your Protection from Electrocution” gives an overview on ground fault circuit interrupter technology requirements and provides testing instructions; and “Surge Protection – Keeping your Electronics and Home Safe” explains the different levels of home surge protection.

Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities will prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities.