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According to the National Fire Protection Association, electrically related fires are the third leading cause for fires in the United States. Electrical failure or malfunction served as the ignition source for a yearly average of 45,210 home fires, resulting in 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries and over $1.4 billion in property damage per year between 2010 and 2014. Arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) circuits and receptacles can prevent an estimated 52% of these fires. Similar to ESFI’s efforts in preventing electrocutions and childhood shocks and burns, ESFI seeks to educate the public on fire preventing electrical technologies required by the National Electrical Code.
ESFI is a proud supporter of the National Fire Protection Association’s Fire Prevention Week. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)’s theme for Fire Prevention Week 2017, “Every Second Counts: Plan 2 Ways Out!” reinforces the need for everyone to have an escape plan. From October 8-14, 2017, NFPA leads the charge for home fire safety, and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) provides resources to take proactive measures to prevent home electrical fires.
We encourage you to use our free Fire Prevention resources, including our infographics to increase fire and electrical safety awareness in your family, community, workplace or school.