Waco, TX (PRWEB) October 11, 2012
October is National Fire Prevention Month. It comes as a reminder that we need to take precautions when using electrical equipment and fire hazardous materials. Its origin goes back to October of 1871 and the Great Chicago Fire.
Electrical Fire Safety International (ESFI) is a great non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety in the home and workplace. Originating in 1994, ESFI has promoted electrical safety across North America. It is highly regarded by industry, media, and consumer safety partners and is constantly reinvigorating the way electrical safety if being addressed.
According to the U.S. Fire Administration, during a typical year, home electrical problems account for around 26,100 fires and approximately $1 billion in property losses. It has also been reported that half of those fires involve electrical wiring.
While certain precautions should be taken such as routinely checking electrical appliances and wiring, replacing any electrical tool if it causes even small electrical shocks, and keeping anything electric away from wet floors, there are certain problems that should only be handled by a service professional.
“We encourage everybody to take appropriate measures when dealing with electrical problems and to always know when to call a professional,” said Jeff Meyers, President of Mr. Electric. “There is too much at risk when it comes to working on electrical equipment in the home and workplace."
ESFI’s website is a wonderful tool that can be used by consumers, teachers, and industry professionals alike. Visit esfi.org for wonderful tips and statistics to ensure safety in the home, locate educational resources, or create a safe working environment in any home, school, or office.