ESFI Emphasizes the Importance of Being Proactive to Reduce Electrical Fire Hazards During Fire Prevention Week 2014

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As part of its annual effort to increase public awareness and encourage a proactive approach to fire safety, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote Fire Prevention Week 2014, taking place October 5-11, 2014.

Be Proactive, Save Lives

Many home electrical fires can be prevented, and ESFI is encouraging the public to take proactive measures to eliminate electrical fire hazards in their homes.

As part of its annual effort to increase public awareness and encourage a proactive approach to fire safety, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is teaming up with the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) to promote Fire Prevention Week 2014, taking place October 5-11, 2014.

According to the NFPA, smoke alarms can cut the chance of dying in a home fire in half. NFPA’s theme for Fire Prevention Week 2014, “Working Smoke Alarms Save Lives: Test Yours Every Month,” educates the public about the importance of working smoke alarms to help save lives. ESFI’s Fire Prevention Week resources will assist this effort by providing helpful reminders to eliminate hazards to help prevent home electrical fires.

“Many home electrical fires can be prevented, and ESFI is encouraging the public to take proactive measures to eliminate electrical fire hazards in their homes,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Simple measures such as not overloading outlets and making sure your home has the latest safety technologies can drastically reduce the risk of home fires.”

ESFI has created the infographic “Be Proactive, Save Lives” to provide simple reminders to protect the public from home electrical fires. Additional ESFI fire safety resources are available to further support NFPA’s Fire Prevention Week efforts. The Virtual Fire Drill is an interactive demonstration that allows families to put their fire safety knowledge to the test while “escaping” from a simulated home fire. P.I. Plug’s Smoke Alarm Safety Video teaches children about the importance of smoke alarms as well as simple fire safety skills. ESFI also offers a library of resources devoted to arc fault circuit interrupters, which are devices that could prevent an estimated 50 percent of the home fires that occur every year. Lastly, children can spread the word about fire safety by sending e-cards to their loved ones with topics including smoke alarm safety and cooking safety.

Learn more about electrical safety and electrical fire prevention with the many videos and interactive activities available on ESFI’s website at http://www.esfi.org. ESFI’s Fire Prevention Week materials can be downloaded from the website for no cost. For more information about Fire Prevention Week, visit the NFPA website at http://www.firepreventionweek.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 National Electrical Safety Month, visit the ESFI website.

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