While electrical failure or malfunction is a leading cause of home fires, many home electrical fires can be prevented by understanding basic electrical safety principles and following safe practices. As part of its Fire Prevention Week efforts, ESFI is educating the public about the necessary precautions that can help eliminate electrical fire hazards and make homes safer.
ESFI’s Fire Prevention Week infographic, “Prevention, It Saves Lives” helps identify and correct home fire and electrical hazards. Among the practical tips included is the recommended installation of arc-fault circuit interrupters, which are devices that can prevent half of the home electrical fires that occur in the U.S. each year. The infographic also addresses the warning signs of an overloaded circuit and the dangers of improperly used extension cords.
Another proactive measure to make the home more fire safe is the proper installation and maintenance of smoke alarms. According to an NFPA report, in one-fifth (20 percent) of all U.S. homes with smoke alarms, the smoke alarms aren’t functioning and three out of five home fire deaths result from fires in properties without working smoke alarms. This year’s Fire Prevention Week theme “Don’t Wait: Check the Date! Replace Smoke Alarms Every 10 Years” emphasizes the importance of timely smoke alarm replacement to help ensure that smoke alarms are in proper working order.
“We commend NFPA for sponsoring Fire Prevention Week and addressing the knowledge gap that exists about the importance of replacing smoke alarms every 10 years,” said ESFI President, Brett Brenner. “ESFI’s materials supplement this important effort, and together we can raise awareness of the importance of being proactive in both eliminating electrical hazards and equipping the home with working smoke alarms that have not exceeded their expiration date.”
To learn more about electrical safety and electrical fire prevention with the many videos and interactive activities, visit ESFI’s website at http://www.esfi.org.
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.
About Fire Prevention Week:
NFPA has been the official sponsor of Fire Prevention Week since 1922. According to the National Archives and Records Administration's Library Information Center, Fire Prevention Week is the longest running public health and safety observance on record. The President of the United States has signed a proclamation declaring a national observance during that week every year since 1925. Visit www.firepreventionweek.org for more safety information.