Prevention saves lives: Fire Prevention Week 2016

As a proud supporter of the National Fire Protection Association's Fire Prevention Week initiative, Siemens together with Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) wants to help you prevent tragedy and remind you how to be proactive with safety.

A modern electrical protection system includes circuit breakers and load centers, ground fault circuit interrupters and surge protection devices, as well as AFCIs (arc fault circuit interrupters).  Each of these devices is designed to protect people and their possession against different electrical dangers.  Installed together, they achieve Whole House Safety.

Here are some tips on how to keep your family and home safe:

  • AFCI Breakers can prevent 50% of residential home fires.

  • Each year 2,400 children in the US are treated for injuries caused by outlets. 1/3 of parents do not have outlets childproofed. Install Tamper Resistant Receptacles.

  • 470,000 counterfeit smartphone batteries were recalled in 2010 due to burn and fire hazards. Purchase electronics at reputable retailers.

  • 3,300 home fires originate from extension cords each year. Heavy reliance on extension cords is a sign to have more outlets installed.

  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions could be prevented with GFCI protection in homes.

  • Frequently tripped circuit breakers or flown fuses and cracking, sizzling or buzzing from outlets can be signs of an overloaded circuit. 47,700 home fires in the US are caused by electrical failure or malfunction each year.

Siemens is a proud supporter of The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. Please review their valuable resources below to learn how you can keep your whole family safe.

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