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 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 […]
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 […]
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, […]
Outdoors is the most dangerous place to be during a lightning storm. Because lightning can travel sideways for up to 10 miles, blue skies are not an indication of safety. If you hear thunder, go inside immediately. Indoor Lightning Safety Tips Once indoors, stay away from windows and doors. Do not use corded telephones, except […]
In the aftermath of a major storm, be aware of hazards presented by downed power lines. Downed power lines can carry an electric current strong enough to cause serious injury or even death. If you come across a low or fallen line, adhere to the following safety tips: If you see a downed power line, move away […]
Familiarizing yourself with your boat’s electrical system is important in order to be able to identify and correct potential hazards. What is a circuit breaker? A circuit breaker is an automatically operated electrical switch designed to protect an electrical circuit from damage caused by an overload or short circuit. Circuit breakers were designed to detect […]
Portable generators can provide a good, temporary source of power during electrical outages, but can become deadly if improperly installed or operated. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) urges consumers to become more knowledgeable about electrical safety. Understanding the dangers associated with the use of portable generators could save your life. Facts and Statistics 739 […]
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 […]
Events 289,919: total number of weather events reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration between 2013 and 2017 The total number of events increased by 7.6% between 2013 and 2017 Deaths 2,776: total number of weather event deaths reported by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration between 2013 and 2017 Direct and indirect deaths from weather […]
This brochure outlines key safety precautions for consumers to beware of electrical sangers associated with power outages, floods, and severe storms when dealing with electricity during and after storms and other natural disasters. Available in English and Spanish.
ESFI urges owners and operators of portable generators to tune into safety. Don’t become one of the estimated 75 people who will be killed this year by carbon monoxide associated with the use of generators. Understanding the dangers associated with portable generators could save your life.