May is National Electrical Safety Month

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May-ElectricThe Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace.  To commemorate National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI spearheads an annual campaign to educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken in order to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss.  This year’s campaign theme is “Electrical Safety for All Ages.” Each year, electrical failures are the cause of 43,900 home fires, resulting in 438 deaths, 1430 injuries and $1.47 billion in property damage. While electrical hazards threaten the public at large, certain populations experience risks that are significantly higher than that of the general population.  Our youngest and oldest populations are exceptionally vulnerable.  Since 1999, an average of 496 children ages 14 and under has died each year due to unintentional fire or burn-related injuries. As for the older population, the risk for individuals aged 65 and older dying in a fire is 2.6 times greater than that of the general population, and this risk increases with age.  With that in mind, ESFI has developed a multifaceted campaign with valuable safety resources targeting our youngest and oldest populations, while also providing up-to-date safety resources for homeowners and consumers of all ages.  Please visit for more information.


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