Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 23, 2011
May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is raising awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year’s campaign challenges people across the country to evaluate the electrical safety of their own homes.
In the United States, home electrical problems cause more than 51,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 490 deaths, 1,400 injuries and $1.3 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association.
“The basement is one of the most commonly ignored areas of the home. Yet, it is also where some of a home’s most essential—and expensive—electrical equipment is located,” explains ESFI President Brett Brenner.
Heating equipment and electrical distribution systems are two of the three leading causes of home structure fires. Help keep your home safe by learning the basics of how these systems work and making sure they are properly maintained with these tips from ESFI:
Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees and communities will prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities. Visit ESFI’s Virtual Home at http://virtualhome.esfi.org to learn more about home electrical safety.
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. ESFI is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety. For more information about ESFI and National Electrical Safety Month, visit http://www.electrical-safety.org.