Solar PV Electrical Safety

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, solar photovoltaic (PV) installer jobs are expected to grow 51% between 2019 and 2029, increasing at a much higher rate than the average of all occupations. Learn how to stay safe while working with or around solar panels. Statistics 51% expected growth in solar PV installer jobs […]

Making Your Home Safe and Efficient

Connected to Safety Whether you’re working from home, learning from home, or just spending more time at home, it is important to make sure your home is electrically safe, secure, and efficient. Learn how the internet of things and smart devices can improve your quality of life and make your home safer. Home Energy Use […]

Temporary Power Safety

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) states that contact with electricity is one of the leading causes of construction workplace fatalities. However, temporary power is essential to construction worksites and poses a great risk to workers. Follow these steps to ensure proper safety procedures are met when working with or around temporary power. Setup […]

Installing Electric Vehicle Chargers

How to Prepare your Business Are you interested in installing electric vehicle chargers at your building or place of business? Adding Level 3 charging can attract new business or provide an incentive to employees while showing your corporate social responsibility. Level 3 chargers provide 60 – 80 miles of range in 20 minutes. Installation typically […]

Workplace Fatalities and Injuries 2003 – 2019

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) uses the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII) to distill information specifically pertaining to fatal and nonfatal occupational electrical injuries. Each year the ESFI publishes electrical injury information in tabular and graphical form on our website. The […]

ESFI and UL Counterfeit Charger Short

Whether you need a replacement or just want an extra phone charger, sometimes it’s tempting to purchase an off-priced option rather than the expensive charger provided by the manufacturer. However, purchasing a bargain charger could have disastrous consequences not just for your phone, but for your safety. With this short video, ESFI and UL are […]

Brownouts

Protect Your Home From Brownouts Brownouts are an intentional or unintentional drop in voltage from utilities or other power sources that can cause damage to your home’s electronics. Brownouts can cause damage to insulation and cause unexpected electronic failure and the future. A sustained brownout could cause damage to electronic motors that are in everyday […]

Power Outages

Protect Your Home When the Power Goes Out Power outages can lead to more than just your lights going out. Forcing sensitive electronics to shut down unexpectedly can result in data loss or damage to electrical systems. When power returns, a surge can damage TVs, appliances, and even heating and AC systems. Power outages can […]

Power Lines Safety Tips

You do not have to touch a power line to be in danger. High-voltage electricity can jump to anyone who gets too close. Stay at least 10 feet away from power lines and their connections. Safety Tips Look up before raising a ladder or pole to make sure that it will not come within 10 […]

Extension Cord Safety Tips

Not enough cord for your lamp or radio to reach the nearest outlet? Just plowing through the junk drawer for an extension cord? This may not be a good idea. Extension cords can be very helpful in delivering power right where we need it. However, regardless of the gauge or rating of the cord, an […]

Reaching to Safety: Use Extension Cords Properly

Roughly 3,300 home fires originate in extension cords each year, killing 50 people and injuring 270 more. Extension cords can overheat and cause fires when used improperly, so keep these important tips in mind to protect your home and workplace. Don’t attempt to plug extension cords into one another Make sure extension cords are properly rated […]

2020 National Electrical Code

Major Changes to the 2020 NEC The National Electrical Code, which has been adopted by all 50 states, sets the minimum standard for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to keep people and property protected from electrical hazards. The NEC is revised every three years using public input, commentary, and technical sessions. With the introduction […]