Disaster Safety Pre-Storm Safety and Post-Storm Recovery

Natural disasters leave thousands of consumers without power, and flooding associated with tropical storms and hurricanes often causes severe or permanent damage to electrical equipment. The Electrical Safety Foundation International is dedicated to educating the public on the importance of rebuilding and renovating safely after a storm to prevent injuries, deaths, and electrical fires.  Download and […]

Lightning Protection: Preventing a Direct Strike

In the first quarter of 2017 alone, thunderstorms caused a record $5.7 billion in losses, and lightning kills and average of 30 people a year. Learn how to keep you, your family, and property safe from lightning. Lightning is Deadly An average of 22,600 fires were caused by lightning between 2007 and 2011 According to Aon Benfield’s […]

Electrical Safety Tips for Marina Owners

Unknowingly, many swimmers and boat and marina operators place themselves in the face of danger by swimming near electric-powered boats and docks. This innocent act of fun can turn tragic as electric shock drowning occurs each year.  Raising awareness among marina and boat operators can help prevent electric shock drowning or other electrical injuries while […]

Electrical Safety Tips for Boat Operators

Although boating is considered to be a carefree activity, there are many electrical hazards that need to be considered before leaving the dock.  Reduce the risk of electric shock drowning and common boat electrical hazards with these handy tips from ESFI. Electrical Safety Tips for Boat Operators Don’t allow yourself or anyone else to swim […]

Boating and Marina Safety Toolkit: Avoid Electric Shock Drowning

Unknowingly, many swimmers and boat and marina operators place themselves in the face of danger by swimming near electric-powered boats and docks. This innocent act of fun can turn tragic as electric shock drowning occurs each year. Raising awareness among marina and boat operators can help prevent electric shock drowning or other electrical injuries while […]

Tornado Electrical Safety

To be prepared for a tornado, it is critical to be familiar with tornado warning signs.  Although tornadoes vary greatly in their appearance and provide little or no warning, the following signs can indicate that a tornado could be imminent.  A dark, often greenish sky.  A wall cloud, particularly if it is rotating.  Large hail. […]

Don’t Shock the Neighborhood

Don’t operate your generator without a transfer switch Transfer switches isolate utility power and generator power to prevent backfeeding, which can be deadly. Backfeed can follow wires and harm those nearby, including utility workers making repairs. Transfer switches also protect the home from electrical fires caused by short circuits and improper connections. Transfer switches should […]

Portable Generator Safety – Generate Safety

Before use, learn about the potential dangers associated with portable generators, such as their production of carbon monoxide (CO). CO is an odorless, colorless, and tasteless poisonous gas that is called the “silent killer” because it is virtually undetectable without the use of technology like CO alarms. Follow these tips to generate power AND safety […]

Flood Electrical Safety: High Water, High Stakes

Flooding can occur anywhere, but water and electricity don’t mix. Because electrical hazards may linger after flood waters recede, it’s important to take precautions before, during, and after flooding takes place. Know the Danger On average, more deaths occur due to flooding each year than from any other severe weather related hazard. In the past […]

Lightning Safety: Safety Enlightenment

Lightning kills an average of 51 victims a year. Your best protection is to go inside as soon as you hear thunder. Even indoors, dangers are still present. Learn the frightening facts and protect your home and family. Lighting Myths & Shocking Facts Myth: If it’s not raining or cloudy, you’re safe from lightning. Fact: If you […]

Portable Generator Safety Virtual Demonstration

A portable generator can be a powerful tool during a power outage or natural disaster, but it can also be dangerous – even deadly – if not properly installed and operated. On average, 75 people are killed in the United States each year by carbon monoxide associated with the use of generators. Make sure you […]

Hurricane Safety

The high winds, extreme rains and flooding caused by hurricanes present many unique dangers. ESFI offers consumers important advice about how help prevent electrically-related deaths, injuries and property loss by taking a few precautions before, during, and after hurricanes with our comprehensive Hurricane Safety Guide. Before a Hurricane: If a hurricane is approaching your area, […]