Energy Storage System Electrical Safety for First Responders

Understand the Unique Risks When Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Are Involved Where are Energy Storage Systems (ESS) Located Residential settings, usually near the electrical panel Microgrids Commercial Critical infrastructure  Utilities Mitigation and Emergency Response Is the system active or shut down? Are there abnormal temperature readings? Is there smoke or toxic or flammable gas present? […]

Photovoltaic Safety for First Responders

Understand the Unique Risks when a PV (Solar) System is Involved Pre-Incident Planning Contact building officials to see where PV systems are installed. Request to be notified when new PV is installed PV Panels and Arrays Locate which portion of the roof has the PV system  Follow conduit to locate where PV may be installed […]

Home Heating Fire Prevention Tips

Home Heating Fire Prevention Tips. Heating equipment caused an estimated 50,500 home fires and 500 deaths between 2013 and 2017 according to the National Fire Protection Association. Learn how to stay safe with these tips. Keep anything that can burn at least 3 feet from heat sources Never leave a space heater unattended. Turn off when leaving a […]

Home Cooking Fire Prevention Tips

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and fire injuries. Ranges or cooktops cause 62% of home fires according to the National Fire Protection Association. Learn how to stay safe with these tips. Keep anything that can catch fire away from your stovetop. Always unplug counter top alliances when not in use.  Make sure […]

Smoke Alarms Save Lives

According to the National Fire Protection Association, an average of 1,450 fire deaths occur every year in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms. 2/3 fire deaths occur in homes with missing or non-functioning smoke alarms Install Smoke Alarms In: Every bedroom Outside each sleeping area On every level of your home, including basement On […]

Electrical Safety Public Service Announcement

Is your home up to the latest National Electrical Code? The National Electrical Code is designed to keep your home and your loved ones safe, but is only enforced with new construction. As a homeowner, it is your responsibility to ensure that your property is up to code. You can accomplish this by having your […]

Fire Safety Public Service Announcement

More than 350,000 fires occur each year and often within the homes of seniors. Some of the leading causes include cooking, portable heaters, and faulty electrical equipment. The National Center for Health Statistics found that adults 65 and older were 2.4 times as likely as the general population to die in fires. For those 85 […]

Smoke Alarm and CO Detector Public Service Announcement

Smoke Alarms and Carbon Monoxide Detectors save lives, but many people live in homes without them. Hundreds of people, especially seniors, die from unintentional exposure to carbon monoxide, and thousands more die in house fires where there were no working smoke alarms. ESFI created this PSA to ensure that at-risk populations are aware of the […]

In The Right Light – Decorate Your Home Safely During The Holidays

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 860 home fires caused by holiday decorations occur each year. An additional 210 home fires are caused by Christmas trees per year. Follow these steps to ensure you decorate your home safely during the winter holidays. Make sure all extension cords and electrical decorations are marked for proper use Outdoor […]

Fire Prevention – It’s In Your Hands

From 2010 to 2014, the National Fire Protection Association estimated an average of 45,210 home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction, resulting in an estimated 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage each year. Prevention  The National Electrical Code has had 15 revisions since 1974, the year the average home was built. Is your home […]

Arc-Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs): Prevent Electrical Fires

What is an Arc-Fault? An Arc-Fault is a dangerous electrical problem caused by damaged, overheated, or stressed electrical wiring or devices. Arc-faults can occur when older wires become frayed or cracked, when a nail or screw damages a wire behind a wall, or when outlets or circuits are compromised. Why do I need Arc-Fault Protection? […]