ESFI to Educate the Public About the Latest Residential Technologies During 2012 National Electrical Safety Month

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2012 National Electrical Safety Month materials now available on ESFI’s website

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While we are frequently inundated with news about the latest advances in home technologies, there is not a lot of information readily available to educate consumers about the potential electrical hazards associated with them.

Emerging technologies, the electrical hazards associated with them and important consumer safety tips take center stage during National Electrical Safety Month this May. Among the emerging technologies to be highlighted are electric vehicles, solar power, wind power and smart meters. The Electrical Safety Foundation International’s (ESFI) annual National Electrical Safety Month campaign focuses on increasing public awareness of electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety.

Home electrical failures or malfunctions cause more than 50,000 fires each year in the United States, resulting in 450 deaths, nearly 1,500 injuries and more than $1.5 billion in property damage, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to increase public awareness of electrical hazards in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.

To help prevent electrical fires and incidents, it is vital that consumers are familiar with their electrical system and understand the safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their homes.

“While we are frequently inundated with news about the latest advances in home technologies, there is not a lot of information readily available to educate consumers about the potential electrical hazards associated with them,” said Brett Brenner, president of ESFI. “Understanding the safety concerns is particularly important when you are working with an existing home electrical system.”

This year’s campaign features the 2012 National Electrical Safety Month Toolkit, which provides consumers with an introduction to some of the latest advances in residential electrical technologies, including important safety considerations for existing home electrical systems.

Toolkit materials also highlight the tremendous safety benefits provided by existing home safety technologies, including arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs). Community outreach resources are also included, providing templates and tools that can be used to promote electrical safety and National Electrical Safety Month in any community. In addition to the toolkit, ESFI has developed a new educational video that sheds light on what consumers should know before purchasing an electric vehicle.

“Our campaign will not only help consumers make educated decisions about whether these technologies are right for them, but also provide tips to help them proceed safely,” added Brenner.

The complimentary 2012 National Electrical Safety Month Toolkit and accompanying video are available on the Foundation’s website at http://www.electrical-safety.org.

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 electrical safety, visit http://www.electrical-safety.org.

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