National Electrical Code: Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe

Electricity is everywhere and it affects every aspect of our lives. However, it isn’t until we lose power that we realize just how much we take electricity for granted. Codes and Standards help us use electricity in a safe and efficient manner. What is an Electrical Standard Standards serve as the foundation of our electrified […]

Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories – Certifying Safety

Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratories (NRTL) test and certify electrical equipment and other products to ensure that they meet current safety standards and are safe with proper use. The Importance of NRTL Certification NRTL certification means that electronics, when used as intended, are: Up to code: Electronics with NRTL certification undergo independent testing to ensure they […]

Workplace Fatalities and Injuries 2003 – 2016

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) uses the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (CFOI) and Survey of Occupational Injuries (SOII) to distill information specifically pertaining to fatal and nonfatal occupational electrical injuries. Each year the ESFI publishes electrical injury information in tabular and graphical form on our website. The […]

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 […]

Overhead Power Line Safety

In 2016, 53% of all fatal electrical injuries occurred in the Construction industry. The Construction industry remained the leading source of fatal electrical injuries with 81, more than four times the contribution of the second-highest source, Professional and Business Services. Learn how to work safely near power lines with these simple steps: Locate all overhead power […]

La Seguridad Sobre Las Líneas Eléctricas Aéreas

Localiza las líneas eléctricas aéreas Manténgase a usted y a su equipo a 3 metros (10 pies) de distancia de todas las líneas eléctricas aéreas No toque nada que está en contacto con una línea eléctrica Tenga precaución con las vallas cerca de líneas eléctricas Lleva las escaleras y su equipo horizontalmente Baja los aparatos […]