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 […]

Wrapping up the Holidays: Preventing Winter Fires

Nearly half of home fires occur during the months of December, January, and February. Keep your home and family safe after the holidays with these post-holiday year-end tips. 25% of holiday fires are caused by decorations Never leave holiday decorations on while sleeping or away from home 210 home fires a year are caused by […]

In The Right Light – Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year. Follow these steps to ensure you decorate your home safely during the winter holidays. Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations are marked for proper use Outdoor […]

Lightning Protection: Preventing a Direct Strike

In the first quarter of 2017 alone, thunderstorms caused a record $5.7 billion in losses, and lightning kills and average of 30 people a year. Learn how to keep you, your family, and property safe from lightning. Lightning is Deadly An average of 22,600 fires were caused by lightning between 2007 and 2011 According to Aon Benfield’s […]

Avoid the 12 Dangers of Christmas

Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones celebrate the holiday season. While the holidays are a characteristically joyous time of year, they can also be hazardous if simple safety precautions aren’t followed.  Learn from the mistakes of the naughty Christmas elf as you and your loved ones […]

Not all Imposters are Easy to Spot: Avoid Counterfeit Electronics

The saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it usually is.” should come to mind when you find electrical products that are far below competitor prices.  But electrical products are uniquely hazardous when impersonated.  They have not undergone testing by an independent laboratory, likely do not comply with industry safety requirements, and since its […]

Holiday Fire Prevention: It’s the Gift That Keeps on Giving

Between 2009-2013, U.S. fire departments responded to an annual average of 860 home structure fires that began with holiday decorations and an additional 210 home structure fires that began with Christmas trees according to the National Fire Protection Association. Keep decorations or any other flammable items at least 3 ft away from open flame and heat sources. […]

Holiday Fire Safety Tips

The winter holiday season is traditionally a festive and eventful time of year. Celebrations, family gatherings and visits from house guests traditionally increase in number during the season. Unfortunately, statistics show that incidents of home fires and electrical accidents typically increase during winter months. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), 30 percent of […]

ESFI Holiday Short Video

Decorating the home for the holidays is one of the season’s most cherished traditions.  However, overdoing decorations and overloading electrical outlets can have disastrous consequences.  This short video helps consumers to remember to keep safe practices in mind while decorating this holiday season.

Holiday Electrical Safety Reminders PSA

During the holiday season, many people put themselves at increased risk of electrical fires and accidents. An increase in indoor activities combined shopping, entertaining and cooking for family and friends causes many to forget basic safety. ESFI offers tips to encourage in-home safety during the holidays.