About Us

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.

Since 1994, ESFI has led the way in promoting electrical safety across North America. Over the years, ESFI has become highly regarded by industry, media and consumer safety partners alike by constantly reinvigorating the way electrical safety is addressed. ESFI creates unique awareness and educational resources designed to meet the diverse needs of a variety of at-risk groups.

Each year, too many lives are disrupted by electrical fires and too many families mourn the loss of a loved one who is fatally injured by electricity on the job. Working together with our many safety partners, ESFI is making a difference in reducing electrically-related deaths, injuries and property losses – one home and one workplace at a time.

What We Do

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace through education, awareness, and advocacy.

  • ESFI partners with corporations, industry organizations, community leaders, and the media to develop key resources and consistent electrical safety messages. These resources are used to promote electrical safety education and awareness in schools, communities, and workplace environments.
  • ESFI proudly sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May and engages in public education campaigns throughout the year to prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities. We encourage and support educators, employers, retailers, utilities, and other community and professional organizations in their own efforts to promote electrical safety.
  • ESFI helps educate consumers and the public about how to recognize warning signs of electrical hazards, providing information about new, advanced safety technology that offers enhanced protection in the home and raising consumer awareness about dangerous counterfeit electrical products.
  • ESFI promotes safety in the workplace by providing dynamic educational and awareness materials to help employers ensure a safe working environment for their employees.
  • ESFI provides vital third-party validation by advocating the adoption of legislation, codes, and standards that are consistent with our mission of electrical safety.
  • ESFI serves as a national resource and the leading authority for electrical safety information. We are often called upon by media outlets to serve as experts on electrical safety issues.

Who We Are

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace.

Founded in 1994 as a cooperative effort by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Underwriters Laboratories (UL), and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), ESFI depends on the support of community and industry stakeholders to provide funding for the development of new programs and resources throughout the year. ESFI receives funding from electrical manufacturers, distributors, independent testing laboratories, retailers, insurers, utilities, safety organizations, and trade and labor associations.

Our Mission

The mission of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is to reduce electrically-related injuries, deaths and fires; saving lives and property through public education and outreach.

ESFI is committed to:

  • Being the unbiased authority on electrical safety issues for consumers, the workforce, and the media
    Identifying and addressing evolving electrical safety needs
  • Deploying cost-effective electrical safety materials and programs that break technical concepts into easy safety steps
  • Advocating safety technology, compliance with codes and standards, and risk-reducing behaviors