Celebrate National Electrical Safety Month

May marks National Electrical Safety Month, and Arrowhead Electric is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to launch a public awareness campaign to promote the importance of electrical safety and educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities in the home.

“Eliminating electrical hazards begins with education and awareness,” says ESFI President Brett Brenner. “National Electrical Safety Month is a time for all of us to reexamine our surroundings and determine what steps we can take to prevent the hundreds of deaths, thousands of injuries, and billions of dollars in economic losses that occur each year because of electrical hazards.”

Electricity is the cause of over 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries, and $1.6 billion in property damage in the United States. In the workplace, more than 300 workplace fatalities and approximately 4,000 injuries occur each year due to electrical hazards, according to a study published by the Itasca, Ill.-based National Safety Council.

To help raise awareness of electrical safety, ESFI will focus on a different electrical safety topic each week as part of a broader outreach effort this May:

            May 2-8Educating Your Children: Do your children know what it takes to stay safe when it comes to electricity? Visit ESFI’s Kids Corner, a brand-new online resource designed as a one-stop shop for teachers, educators, parents, and students! Check out Kids Corner now at http://www.esfi.org/ and http://www.electrical-safety.org/.

May 9-15 – Staying Safe at Work: Electrical accidents in an office environment usually occur as a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment. During the second week of National Electrical Safety Month, perform an electrical safety inspection of your office.

May 16-22 – Renovating the Right Way: Whether you are a first-time do-it-yourselfer or a “weekend warrior,” practicing safe habits can reduce your risk when it comes to home electrical work. Use ESFI’s Electrical Safety Workbook to help better understand and maintain your home’s electrical system.

May 23-29 – Remembering Electrical Safety in the Field: Use ESFI’s Never Assume Electrical Safety Series to give you and your co-workers the right frame of mind when it comes to safety in the workplace. From job planning to arc flash awareness, this one-of-a-kind video program is a must for anyone working with or near electricity!

ESFI’s newly redesigned website offers a variety of print, online, and multimedia resources for teachers, educators, parents, students, and anyone else interested in learning about electrical safety or teaching others about it. http://www.electrical-safety.org/

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