August 15, 2012, Arlington, VA— A leading cause of home fires each year, electrical failures or malfunctions were factors in an estimated 46,500 home fires in 2010 according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). These fires resulted in 420 deaths, 1,520 injuries, and $1.5 billion in property damage. To increase public awareness and encourage a proactive approach to fire safety, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote Fire Prevention Week 2012, taking place October 7-13, 2012. While NFPA’s “Have 2 Ways Out” campaign focuses on planning to make a safe escape during a fire, ESFI’s 2012 Fire Prevention Week resources feature steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires before they start.
ESFI has created the Fire Prevention Week 2012 Toolkit that provides resources to help families take steps to prevent electrical fires while also becoming better prepared in case there is a fire. The toolkit features the Electrical Fire Safety Checklist, which can be used to help identify and correct home electrical fire hazards. Also included are detailed tip sheets about how to properly maintain both smoke alarms and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs).
Additional ESFI fire safety resources support NFPA’s message of ”Have 2 Ways Out.” The Virtual Fire Drill is an interactive demonstration that allows families to put their fire safety knowledge to the test while “escaping” from a simulated home fire. P.I. Plug’s Smoke Alarm Safety Video teaches children about the importance of smoke alarms as well as simple fire safety skills.
“We applaud the NFPA for their Fire Prevention Week efforts, and we hope to make good electrical safety habits a prominent part of this important national dialogue,” added Brenner.
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The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and National Electrical Safety Month, visit www.electrical-safety.org.