Escape Ladder Safety Tips

Escape ladders can provide a means of escape from a second or third story room, but should not be considered the primary escape route. Use a window exit and escape ladder only if the other exits are blocked by smoke and/or fire. Safety Tips: Escape ladders should not be used as a means of escape […]

Fire Extinguisher Safety Tips

Fire extinguishers can save lives and property, but the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) recommends that they only be used by adults who have been trained on how and when to properly use them. The safest thing you can do during a fire is to get to safety outside the house. Safety Tips: Different types […]

Fire Safety for Pet Owners Fact Sheet

According to the American Kennel Club, an estimated 500,000 pets are affected by home fires every year. Nearly 1,000 of these home fires are accidently started by the homeowners’ pets. The stove or cook top is the most common piece of equipment involved in fires started by pets. Taking steps to keep your pet safe […]

Fire Safety Planning for Guests and Babysitters

Guests: Make sure to explain your family fire escape plan, including the location of the designated outside meeting place, to overnight guests. Show guests the two escape routes from the room in which they will be staying, as well as the location of fire safety equipment like escape ladders and fire extinguishers. Ask your overnight […]

Fire Safety Planning for People with Special Needs

Smoke Alarms: High intensity strobes are used as a method of awakening those who are deaf or have profound hearing loss. Smoke alarms are available with strobe features or the ability to be used with strobes. Pillow or bed shakers that are activated by the sound of the smoke alarm are also required. Notification appliances […]

Fire Safety Planning for Parents

Smoke Alarms: Make sure everyone in your home, including children, know what the fire alarm sounds like and what it means. Smoke alarms that include the option for a recordable announcement in addition to the regular alarm sound may be helpful in waking children. Separate notification appliances that produce a complex low frequency audible signal […]

Fire Prevention Week Resource List

Fires happen every day, and the toll they take on our lives is boundless. Electrical failure or malfunction is a leading cause of home fires year after year. It is incredibly important to arm yourself and your loved ones with tools to fight them, of which knowledge is among the most critical. Below you will […]

Home Electrical Fires

Facts and Statistics Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly than 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage. Electrical distribution systems are the third leading cause of home structure fires. Each year in the United States, arcing faults are responsible for starting more than 28,000 […]

Electrical Fire Safety Checklist

Electrical Fires do not have to happen. Use this checklist to help you find and fix electrical fire hazards in your home before they can start a fire. Be sure to download the Electrical Fire Safety Checklist PDF above to help you answer questions related to the following: Smoke Alarms – Smoke alarms save lives! […]

Heating Things Up at the Office

Portable electric space heaters are commonly used to provide supplemental heat during the colder months. Unfortunately, space heaters can increase the risks of fire and electric shock if not used properly. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates that there were 21,800 home fires involving stationary or portable space heaters in 2007. These fires resulted […]

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 heat […]

Emerging Technologies: Solar Power, Wind Power, Smart Grid and Smart Meters

Solar Power Wind Power Smart Grid and Smart Meters Solar Power What is Solar Power? Quite literally, solar power is power or energy derived from sunlight. Sunlight can be directly utilized, converted in electrical energy, or converted into mechanical energy. Solar power is an important source of sustainable alternate energy. Three common types of solar […]