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National Electrical Safety Month

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April showers, bring May flowers - along with National Electrical Safety Month.

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and delivering knowledge on electrical safety. Annually, there are an estimated 35000 home fires, 1130 injuries, 500 deaths, and $1.4 billion in property damage due to electrical malfunctions.

Whether it's for the workplace or at home, electrical safety is important to know. The infographic below highlights accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace from contact with electricity.

National Electrical Safety Month
The construction industry sees the highest number of electrical injuries and fatalities followed by installation, maintenance, and repair. Most of the customers we serve are apart of or in a related workplace. Due to the nature of these occupations, it's hard to avoid electrical currents. But with the following safety tips, you'll be able to avoid potential hazards.

Electrical Safety Tips

  1. De-energize exposed or live electrical equipment when cleaning or working on them
  2. Have a Lockout/Tagout policy
  3. Proper training and usage of electrical equipment
  4. All power switches clearly labeled and easily accessible 
  5. Frayed cables and faulty equipment should not be used
  6. Regular maintenance and inspections 
  7. If needed, use physical barriers or enclosures to ensure only those who have access can enter
  8. Make sure equipment is double insulated and grounded 
  9. Clearly identify potential hazards with safety signs 
  10. Never overload plugs, extension cords, or sockets