Select Extension Cords to Meet Your Needs PSA

During the holidays, extension cords are widely used to carry electricity to indoor and outdoor lighting and decorations. But improper use of extension cords can pose serious shock and fire hazards. ESFI recommends the following tips to ensure their safe use this holiday season.

Avoid Holiday Decorating Hazards PSA

Thousands of people visit the emergency room each year during the holidays due to injuries related to electrical decoration mishaps. When decorating for the season, ESFI recommends following these important safety tips.  

Post-Holiday Safety Reminders PSA

Even after the holiday season has come and gone, many indoor and outdoor decorations remain in use. ESFI has some suggestions for wrapping up after the holidays to ensure that decorations are removed and stored properly so that they will be available for safe use next year.

Prevent Common Kitchen Hazards

Cooking hazards are the #1 cause of home fires Older adults account for more than 30% of fire-related deaths annually Kitchen Safety Practices  Stay in the kitchen at all times when you’re cooking Keep flammable items away from the stovetop and other hot surfaces Unplug countertop appliances when not in use Never use an over […]

Space Heater Safety Tips

Heating equipment is the second leading cause of home fires in the United States. More than 65,000 home fires are attributed to heating equipment each year. These fire result in hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.    Portable electric space heaters can be a convenient source of supplemental […]

Home Heating Safety Tips for Older Adults

Colder winter weather increases the likelihood of heating related fires. These fires are the second leading cause of fire deaths among older adults.  Keep your home safe and warm all year long with these safety tips. Heating Safety Keep anything that can burn at least three feet away from heating equipment, like the furnace, space heater, […]

Heat Your Home Safely

Follow these tips to safely heat your home during the frigid winter months 32% of home fires are caused by space heaters More home fires occur during the cold winter months than at any other time of year Make sure to follow these important tips before you plug in: Place space heaters on a flat, […]

Halloween Safety Tips

Cute as a Button…but Beware! Each year, nearly 3,500 people of all ages in the United States unintentionally swallow button batteries, also known as watch or coin batteries, used to power many electronics including toys, decorations, and remote controls.  56,667 people, including children, were hospitalized for battery ingestion related injuries between 1993 and 2013. All […]

Seasonal Safety

Each season of the year brings with it changes in the weather and our lifestyles. Warmer weather during the spring and summer months coaxes many people outside to participate in activities like swimming, boating, and gardening. The cooler temperatures of fall and winter, on the other hand, encourage many people to cozy up indoors.   […]

Pool and Spa Safety

The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that since 1990, there have been 60 electrocutions and nearly 50 serious electrical shocks involving electrical hazards in and around swimming pools. Pool and Spa Safety Tips All outdoor receptacles should be covered to keep them dry. This is especially important around pools, spas and other summer water activities. […]

Air Conditioner and Fan Safety

Hot weather brings increased use of air conditioners. Contact with electric current from air conditioners accounts for a significant number of electrocutions and electrical injuries each year. ESFI recommends that you always contact a qualified, licensed electrician to perform any electrical work in your home, including the installation and services of air conditioning and other […]

Heating Pads and Electric Blankets Safety

Heating pads and electric blankets cause almost 500 fires each year. Almost all of these fires involve electric blankets that are more than ten years old. There are two types of personal heating appliances, heating pads that are placed directly on the mattress and electric blankets. They are not meant to be used interchangeably or […]