ARLINGTON, VA. (April 16, 2019) — May is National Electrical Safety Month, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reminds us that disasters bring serious risks for electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss. To highlight those risks and ways to plan for severe weather events, this year’s campaign theme is “Electrical Safety During Disasters.”
“As families begin to clean up following a storm or flood, we want them to be mindful of the potential dangers that exist whenever water comes into contact with electricity,” cautions ESFI president Brett Brenner. “Before flipping a switch or plugging in an appliance, have a qualified electrician check the house wiring and appliances to make sure they are safe to use.”
ESFI's National Electrical Safety Month campaign features a comprehensive collection of new and updated electrical safety awareness resources. These include useful videos, fact sheets and related safety tips.
ELECTRICAL SAFETY PRECAUTIONS
Following are some electrical safety tips from ESFI experts to keep in mind during and after severe storms and other natural disasters:
PREPARE FOR THE STORM:
WEATHER THE STORM:
RECOVER FROM THE STORM:
ONLINE ELECTRICAL SAFETY RESOURCES
ESFI offers additional safety training materials. An infographic, titled “Flood Safety: High Waters, High Stakes,” outlines precautions to take before, during, and after flooding during a storm. An educational video, Consumer Electrical Safety During Disasters, is available in both English and Spanish languages.
“There are many hazards during a storm, which is why it’s important to treat electricity with extreme caution during these events,” explains ESFI’s Brenner. “Don't let your home become a statistic — practice periodic home electrical safety inspections and call in an electrician to address any problems you may uncover.”
For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources and for information on using them in your community, visit www.ESFI.org/nesm.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and electrical safety, visit www.esfi.org.
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