May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Baldwin Industrial Group is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. This year’s campaign features the launch of Electrical Safety Illustrated magazine (available at www.esfi.org/index.cfm/cdid/13323/pid/10272), which discusses timely electrical safety issues and equips consumers with the knowledge to protect their homes, families, and communities from electrical hazards.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) estimates 47,700 home structure fires reported to U.S. fire departments each year involve some type of electrical failure or malfunction as a factor contributing to ignition. These fires result in 418 civilian deaths, 1,570 civilian injuries, and $1.4 billion in direct property damage. Awareness and education are critical to reduce the incidence of electrical fires, and ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May to educate the public in order to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and property loss.
“Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented by understanding basic electrical safety principles, taking simple precautions and ensuring that electrical work is performed by trained professionals,” said Jesse Baldwin. “This year’s campaign features a collection of easily sharable safety resources that provide a fundamental understanding of electrical safety that will encourage families to work together to identify and correct potential home fire hazards.”
Featured content in Electrical Safety Illustrated includes resources that provide an overview of the National Electrical Code ® (NEC) process and address the importance of timely adoption, an illustrated guide that break downs the importance of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) and ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) while highlighting their differences, a graphic that explains tamper resistant receptacle (TRR) technology, a National Electrical Safety Month quiz, tips for avoiding counterfeit electrical products, and important information on home surge protection.
ESFI encourages the sharing of its campaign resources, and developed The National Electrical Safety Month 2014 Electrical Safety Advocate Guide to provide the resources necessary to raise awareness of electrically safe practices. Whether you want to educate a loved one or raise awareness in your community, school, or workplace, this guide provides step-by-step instructions on how to be an Electrical Safety Advocate and help champion ESFI’s cause of minimizing electrically-related deaths and injuries.
Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees, and communities will prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities. For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources, and for more information on spring safety, visit www.esfi.org.
About Baldwin Industrial Group: Baldwin Industrial Group (BIG) is a local electrical contracting company, headquartered in Mammoth Lakes, CA. BIG offers electrical installation, upgrade and maintenance services for most types of electrical systems and equipment. What sets B.I.G. apart from the competition is their excellent customer service and troubleshooting abilities. For more information, visit www.BaldwinIndustrialGroup.com.
About the Town of Mammoth Lakes Board of Appeals/Building Advisory Committee (BOA/BAC): The BOA/BAC serves primarily as an advisory body to the Building Official, who also staffs the group. When needed, the group provides advice on specific building issues to the Town Council. The group also functions as an appeal board for those appealing orders, decisions, or determinations made by the Building Official in particular subject areas. For more information, visit www.ci.mammoth-lakes.ca.us/index.aspx?NID=583.
About Mammoth Lakes Contractors Association, Inc. (MLCA): The MLCA was founded in 1972 to provide a vehicle for the general improvement of the construction industry in Mammoth Lakes and Mono County. MLCA’s purposes are many, but their dedications are to participate in making our town a better place to live. Many MLCA members are actively involved in various commissions, boards and committees. For more information, visit www.MammothLakesContractors.org.
About ESFI: 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 www.esfi.org.