While the same fundamentals of electrical safety apply to people of all ages, our youngest and oldest populations experience risks that are significantly higher than that of the general population.
Arlington, VA (PRWEB) May 01, 2013
May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is kicking off its annual effort to educate the public about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year’s campaign, titled “Electrical Safety for All Ages,” takes a multigenerational approach to electrical safety by encouraging families to work together to identify and correct potential home electrical safety hazards. National Electrical Safety Month 2013 campaign resources include valuable safety materials targeting the most at-risk populations of children and older adults, as well as home and workplace safety resources for consumers of all ages.
“While the same fundamentals of electrical safety apply to people of all ages, our youngest and oldest populations experience risks that are significantly higher than that of the general population,” said ESFI President Brett Brenner. “Our National Electrical Safety Month campaign fulfills this proven need to educate these vulnerable populations, while also providing critical electrical safety reminders that apply to all audiences both at home and on the job.”
ESFI’s National Electrical Safety Month section of its website features a comprehensive list of resources divided into the following categories: Resources for Older Adults, Resources for Children, Resources for Homeowners and Consumers, and Resources for the Workplace. The National Electrical Safety Month 2013 Electrical Safety Advocate Guide outlines these resources and provides instructions on how to utilize these materials to help champion ESFI’s cause of minimizing electrically related deaths and injuries.
- The Resources for Children page is part of ESFI’s P.I. Plug says, “Be Smart about Fire and Electrical Safety!” program that contains print and online educational materials to promote the importance of fire and electrical safety. ESFI also added new content to its Kids’ Corner, including the new video P.I. Plug on the Road: A Visit with Grandma Plug, and a new interactive activity allowing children to create and send e-cards with fire safety-related messages to their loved ones. Students are also encouraged to enter the “ESFI Fire and Electrical Safety Contest” that provides an opportunity for students and their families to work together to identify unique ways to convey fire and electrical safety messages.
- ESFI’s Resources for Older Adults include the newly launched Home Fire Safety for Older Adults program that features information about the hazards related to the major causes of home fires each year with an emphasis on electrical safety. Families and caregivers are encouraged to help older adults review this safety information and also assist with smoke alarm maintenance activities and home fire safety checkups.
- Reaching a broader demographic, ESFI’s Resources for Homeowners and Consumers provide up-to-date electrical safety information to appeal to a general audience. The handy illustrated tip sheet, Give Your Home an Electrical Safety Checkup, offers tips on how to identify and rectify electrical dangers in the home. Additionally, campaign materials also highlight the tremendous safety benefits provided by arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs), ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and tamper resistant receptacles (TRRs).
- The Resources for the Workplace page provides the tools necessary to minimize electrically related deaths and injuries through workplace electrical safety education. Standards and best practices resources provide valuable information to help employees make safe choices every day and tips to help employers ensure a safe work environment. Industry codes and standards give an overview of the various laws, regulations and codes in place to protect anyone working with or near electricity. Additionally, ESFI's How Do You Know? Workplace Safety Awareness Program introduces a three-step process for assessing and improving the electrical safety of your workplace.
To further raise awareness during National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI is offering sale prices on a wide selection brochures and videos throughout the month of May. Visit ESFI’s Online Store for more details
More information about National Electrical Safety Month can be found on ESFI’s website at http://www.esfi.org/NESM.
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.