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Back to School Electrical Safety Tips From ESFI

To prepare for the start of a new school year, ESFI is offering important electrical safety tips. Electricity is all around us, and using it safely is vital. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted because of electrical fires and accidents in their homes each year. Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices.

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Join ESFI at NECA Austin 2022

The NECA SHOW is where leaders of the $202 billion electrical construction industry convene each year to discuss the ever-changing, ever-growing, business environment. Attendees bring power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S.  Each year, the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) opens the doors and invites the entire industry to see, touch, and talk about new solutions that will benefit their bottom-line.

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Webinar: Hazard Identification and Injury Prevention for Workers in Electrical Utility Jobs

ESFI is participating in a free webinar, “Hazard Identification and Injury Prevention for Workers in Electrical Utility Jobs,” hosted by OH&S on Thursday, August 4th at 2:00 PM ET. The purpose of this webinar is to provide information on the types of injuries happening to utility workers around the country. ESFI’s President and Program Manger will also discuss how to identify hazards to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities from occurring.

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Webinar: Electric Vehicle Charging Essentials

On Thursday, July 28, 2022, at 2 PM Eastern, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR and ESFI will host a free webinar, “Electric Vehicle Charging Essentials.” Electric vehicle (EV) ownership is on the rise. What was once an out-of-reach expense for many has evolved into an essential part of family and business economic plans. Constructing capable EV charging infrastructure is front and center as a tremendous opportunity for electrical contractors and the industry.

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National Electrical Safety Month Proclamations

ESFI would like to thank the states who have proclaimed May as National Electrical Safety Month: Alabama, Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Virginia, and West Virginia. These states are educating their citizens to help prevent fatalities, injuries, and property damage.

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ESFI Warns Against Fractal Wood Burning Social Media Trend

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is warning consumers against fractal wood burning after a couple in Wisconsin was electrocuted while participating in the practice. This wood burning technique involves soaking wood in a chemical solution and then uses high-voltage electricity to burn lightning-shaped patterns in the wood. According to the American Association of Woodturners, at least 33 people have died as a result of fractal burning since 2016.

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Webinar: Overvoltage Protection – Surge Protective Devices (SPDs)

ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Media Group and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) will hold a free webinar on Apr. 27, 2022, at 1:00 pm Eastern. This webinar is intended to review the basics of surge protection and the safety implications for systems and facilities. The program looks at what a surge is, what are the most common sources of surges, and what damage can result from surges in an electrical system. The presentation reviews the types of surge protective devices and a comparison to surge arresters and how both types of protection operate. The applicable product standards will be mentioned in addition to installation requirements and best practices will be discussed.

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