Arlington, VA— In anticipation of May’s National Electrical Safety Month, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is spearheading its annual effort to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year’s campaign features the launch of the second edition of its National Electrical Safety Month publication, Electrical Safety Illustrated. The issue is titled “That Old House, This New Update” and informs readers about the common hazards posed by America’s aging housing stock and a variety of updates that can improve any home’s functionality, efficiency and safety.
Campaign resources will be available for free on ESFI’s newly redeveloped website, which boasts a cleaner interface to allow for a more user-friendly experience.
“Nearly half of the houses in the United States were built before 1970, and it is important that the proper updates are taken to ensure that these older homes can keep up with our growing dependence on electricity,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “It is critical that we update our electrical system as we add more appliances and amenities to our home or else we are putting our homes and families at risk.”
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year involve some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. These fires result in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires, and ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to educate the public in order to reduce electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.
Featured content in Electrical Safety Illustrated includes a fact sheet on the evolution of the American home, illustrated guides that address the levels of protection provided by multiple types of outlets and circuit breakers, a detailed account of the dangers linked to aluminum wiring, infographics featuring safe and efficient lighting options, a guide to safely maintaining the outdoor components of your home and a fact sheet on heating and cooling safety.
ESFI encourages the sharing of its campaign resources, and developed The National Electrical Safety Month 2015 Electrical Safety Advocate Guide to provide the resources necessary to raise awareness of safe electrical practices. Whether you want to educate a loved one or raise awareness in your community, school, or workplace, this guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to be an Electrical Safety Advocate and help champion ESFI’s cause of minimizing electrically-related deaths and injuries. For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources, and for more information on spring safety, visit 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.