May is National Electrical Safety Month

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 to learn how you can keep your whole family safe.

National Electrical Safety Month sponsored by The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) each May is intended to increase public awareness of the electrical hazards around us. The annual event seeks to enlighten the public with educational resources and content that “focus on common hazards including non-safeguarded electrical outlets and lesser-known causes, such as electric shock drowning,” says ESFI President Brett Brenner.

A modern electrical system for Whole House 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.

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

  • The CPSC found 47% of electrocutions could be prevented withGFCI 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.

  • NEMA estimates that 60-80% of surges originate from international sources (within a home or business). Keep your valuable electronics safe byprotecting them from the surges that can damage or destroy them.

  • 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.

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