2020 National Electrical Code

Major Changes to the 2020 NEC The National Electrical Code sets the minimum standard for safe electrical design, installation, and inspection to keep people and property protected from electrical hazards. The NEC is revised every three years using public input, commentary, and technical sessions. With the introduction of the 2020 code, there have been 16 […]

ESFI Counterfeit Extension Cord Short

While they may save you money in the short term, you could end up paying a serious price for bargain extension cords. ESFI is reminding consumers to beware of counterfeit electrical products, including extension cords. Be sure to check out our library of resources to help identify and avoid dangerous counterfeit electrical products.

Electric Shock Drowning – Water and Electricity Don’t Mix

Electric Shock Drowning (ESD) severely injures and kills people every year. ESD occurs when faulty wiring sends electric current into water, which passes through the body and causes paralysis, which could ultimately result in drowning. How to Avoid Electric Shock Drowning Locate and label all power switches to the pool, hot tub, spa equipment, and […]

Outlets: The Ins and Outs Video

Do your Outlets Need an Upgrade? Did you know that an electrical outlet can do much more than provide electricity? They can be life saving devices by preventing shocks, burns and even fires. Do your outlets need an upgrade? Learn about these specialized electrical outlets with added features to provide a safer home. The major […]

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 […]

Don’t Overload Your Home

According to the National Fire Protection Association, 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires result in 418 deaths, 1,570 injuries, and $1.4 billion in property damage. Overloaded electrical circuits are a major cause of residential fires. Help lower your risk of electrical fires by not […]

Cooking Safety Tips for Older Adults Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Cooking is the leading cause of home fires and home fire injuries year after year. Older adults (ages 65+) are at significantly higher risk of dying from a cooking related fire than the general population. This high-quality 60-second public service announcement provides safety tips to help older adults cook safely and prevent home cooking fires. […]

Home Electrical Safety Tips for Older Adults Public Service Announcement (PSA)

Electrical failures or malfunctions are a leading cause of home fires every year. Older adults (ages 65+) have a higher risk of dying in fires caused by electrical distribution and lighting equipment than the general population. This high-quality 60-second public service announcement provides safety tips to help older adults identify and prevent electrical hazards that […]

Learn From Me, Think Safety

National Electrical Safety Month 2015 Homeowners are faced with a lot of decisions, and unfortunately electrical safety can sometime take a back seat when purchasing a home or undertaking a major renovation. These testimonials provide real life examples of electrical safety regrets and emphasize the importance of always keeping electrical safety in mind.  

Electrical Safety: Think Outside the Home

National Electrical Safety Month 2015 Electrical hazards are not only present indoors, but can also occur outside. Follow this guide to outdoor safety to help prevent common outdoor hazards. Power Lines: Always keep yourself and your equipment at least 10 feet away from a power line. Electricity can jump to nearby objects. Before planting trees […]

Surge and Protect

National Electrical Safety Month 2015 What is a “Power Surge”? A power surge, or transient voltage, is a sudden and unwanted increase in voltage that can damage, degrade or destroy the sensitive electronic equipment in your home or business. Causes: The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) estimates that 60-80% of surges are created within a […]