Electricity is an increasing presence in our modern lives. As our reliance on electricity grows, so does the potential for electrical safety hazards. Statistics from the National Fire Protection Association indicate an estimated annual average of almost 51,000 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction. These fires claim almost 500 lives, injure more than 1,400 people, and result in $1.3 billion in property damage each year.
Electrical fires are not the only cause for concern. Statistics from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission show that nearly 400 people are electrocuted in the United States each year.
Fortunately, most electrical fires and incidents can be prevented. Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees and communities will prevent electrical fires, injuries, fatalities, and property loss.
The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us at home, work, school, and play.
This year’s campaign challenges people across the country to evaluate the electrical safety of their own homes, learning more about their electrical systems and devices in the process.
How to Use this Toolkit
In ESFl’s complimentary 2011 National Electrical Safety Month Toolkit you will find tools you can use to facilitate an effective electrical safety awareness campaign for your community, organization, customers, and workplace associates.
The easy-to-use Home Electrical Safety Challenge and accompanying resources provide tools to help with the identification and correction of potential electrical hazards before a more serious situation can result.
We encourage you to utilize these resources to promote National Electrical Safety Month in your community, workplace, school, and family!