Electricity has become such a necessary part of our lives that we tend to take it for granted, but using it safely is vitally important. Thousands of people in the United States are critically injured and electrocuted as a result of electrical fires and accidents in their own homes each year. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the premier non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety at home and in the workplace. Every year they sponsor May as National Electrical Safety month.
As an electrical contractor, we understand the importance of electrical safety. Some electrical fires happen because of problems in house wiring or appliance failure, but many occur due to mistakes that homeowners make like overloading electrical outlets or extension cords. In order to prevent yourself or someone you love from becoming an electrical fire statistic, it is important to be aware of the common causes of electrical fires.
Thank you Kiwanis Club of Charleston for allowing us to share the Top 10 Electrical Hazards in you Home.
Our goal is to increase electrical awareness and protect the homes and families in our local community.
1: Degradation & Defective Electric Wires
2. Increased Power Load
3. Incomplete or unskilled work
4. Outlets near water
5. Inquisitive young children
6. Extension cords
7. Improper Grounding
8. Pool and Outdoor Electrical Safety
9. Electric Smoke and CO Detectors
10. Electrical Fire and Water
Also, check out our home electrical safety checklist!