May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is urging consumers to prevent electrical shocks and fires by protecting their homes with tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs), arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs).
According to the National Fire Protection Association, an estimated 4,700 home electrical fires occur in the United States each year and result in 418 deaths, more than 1,570 injuries and $1.4 billion in property damage. And fire is not the only danger. Thousands of children and adults are critically injured and electrocuted annually from accidents in their homes.
AFCIs, TRRs and GFCIs can prevent tragedy before it ever occurs. These devices have proven so effective that the National Electrical Code® (NEC) requires them to be installed in all new homes and requirements for these devices continue to expand with each version of the NEC. Existing homes with aging electrical systems can also benefit from these advanced technologies, which should be installed by a licensed electrician.
This year’s National Electrical Safety Month campaign features the launch of Electrical Safety Illustrated, a special edition publication that discusses timely electrical safety issues and equips consumers with the knowledge to protect their homes, families and communities from electrical hazards. An illustrated fact sheet and testing instructions about AFCIs and GFCIs as well as a TRR infographic are included in the publication.
Incorporating these home safety devices into your existing electrical system can help reduce the risk of fires and electrocutions.
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 electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.