The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and the National Electrical Safety Foundation (NESF) are urging consumers to look for and correct electrical safety hazards in their homes this May as part of National Electrical Safety Month.
Every day a person dies in an electrical accident and every day families lose their homes to electrical fires. The tragedy for all victims of electrical accidents is that they are preventable, said CPSC Chairman Ann Brown. "If every household installed ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI s), deaths from electrocution in and around the home could be reduced by one-half. I urge consumers to look around their homes and correct electrical hazards. The simple act of removing electrical cords from under rugs could help prevent many house fires."
According to NESF Chairman Don Mader, most people take electricity for granted. "Electricity is a useful convenience that enhances our lives and homes. Too often, we tend to forget that electricity is a powerful energy source that must be treated with care and respect. National Electrical Safety Month is a good time to reacquaint ourselves with some basics, such as reading the use and care instructions and safety tips provided with electrical appliances, paying attention to all safety markings on electrical equipment, and checking every power cord to make sure it isn't damaged. These are simple things to do, but they are important for the safety of you and your family," said Mader.
Consumers can get plugged into electrical safety and help protect themselves from electrical accidents by taking a few minutes to check their homes for unsafe conditions.