Make National Electrical Safety Month a Priority This Year

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Mr. Electric and the Electrical Safety Foundation Internation organizations are dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace.

Electricity has been constantly changing the way people live and work. The methods for how electricity is generated and utilized have also evolved over the years. Electrical technologies that were considered “emerging” just a few years ago, such as plug-in electric vehicles and solar power generation systems, are now readily available throughout the country. Despite the significant advances, electricity remains uniquely unforgiving if not used safely. Mr. Electric and the Electrical Safety Foundation Internation organizations are dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. Each year, too many lives are disrupted by electrical fires and too many families mourn the loss of a loved one who is fatally injured by electricity.

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), an average of 53,000 electrical home structure fires occur each year, claiming more than 450 lives. In addition, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports that nearly 400 people are electrocuted by consumer products each year in the United States.

“Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices,” said Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) president Brett Brenner. “Awareness about electrical hazards is the key.”

Below are some public awareness tips to help jump start electical safety:

  •     Never play with electrical cords, light sockets, or electrical outlets.
  •     Do not overload outlets with too many plugs.
  •     Never yank on the cord to unplug an appliance. Hold on to the plug itself.
  •     Never play near substations or power transformers.
  •     Have smoke alarms on every level of your home and inside each bedroom.
  •     Make sure you have at least two ways out of each room.
  •     Have a family escape plan for what to do in case there is a fire.

"Our Service Professionals are complete a complimentary safety check-up before we begin service," said Jeff Meyers, President of Mr. Electric."By educating customers about the dangers of electricity, we hope they implement the safety precautions above in their own homes to ensure their safety."

About Mr. Electric®:
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electric franchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc. For further information or to find the location nearest you, visit http://www.mrelectric.com. © 2012 Mr. Electric Corp.

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