As a reminder, May is National Electrical Safety Month
Home electrical fires are a major problem in the United States. In many homes, dangerous electrical situations develop and continue to grow as the home ages. For this year’s National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI is partnering with organizations and companies across the United States to help you identify and fix electrical hazards that are commonly found in many of our homes.
Each week during the month of May ESFI will be highlighting technology that can protect your family from injury and your home from fire.
Week 1 – Official National Electrical Safety Month Launch:
ESFI will be hosting a media event with the National Fire Protection Association to officially launch May as National Electrical Safety Month.
Week 2 – Electrical Fire Prevention with AFCIs:
For the second week of May, ESFI will focus on Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCIs). AFCIs are a new type of circuit breaker that recognize potential fire hazards and immediately shut off power to the wiring before a problem can occur.
Week 3 – Child Safety with Tamper-Resistant Outlets:
This week ESFI will concentrate on educating parents on Tamper-Resistant Outlets (TROs). TROs are new outlets designed to protect small children from inserting foreign objects into them.
Week 4 - Eliminating Electrocutions and Burns with GFCIs:
For the last week of the May, ESFI will re-introduce you to Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs). These special outlets have saved thousands of people from shocks and burns over the last three decades, but they must be tested regularly to make sure they are working properly.