Only You Can Prevent Electrical Fires – Part 3

July 30, 2014 10:02 am

During a Storm

This summer has brought countless incidents of severe weather. From hail in the Greater Philadelphia regions to a tornado in New Jersey, this summer reminds us how important storm safety truly is. The best way to be prepared is to arm yourself with knowledge.

Lightning

Did you know that phone use is the number one cause of indoor lightning injuries in the U.S.?

Lightning can enter a building through wires or pipes exposed to the outside, through the ground (such as your garage floor), and from a direct strike.

Not only can this cause fires in your home, but you, your loved ones and your pets can be seriously injured. Be sure to take the following electrical safety precautions during the next storm:

Avoid talking on a corded phone

Unplug electrical equipment and cords

Stay away from concrete floors or walls (these often have metal reinforcements)

Do not use plumbing, do laundry or dishes, or wash your hands

Power Outages

With severe storms come power outages and the use of generators. Have a licensed professional install your home or business's generator to insure all safety precautions have been taken. The Electrical Safety Foundation International's website reminds us that carbon monoxide is a "silent killer" and a portable generator should never be operated indoors.

For more tips from the Electrical Safety Foundation International, click here.

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Only You Can Prevent Electrical Fires

July 9, 2014 11:00 am

At Work

In the workplace, there's always a need for procedures, rules, and courses of action. Restaurants worry about proper food handling techniques. Bankers have classes on what to do in case of a robbery. Schools have fire drills. These are very specific procedures, as they relate to a certain industry. But some things- like electrical safety- can apply to every type of business.

Does your business offer electrical safety tips or instruction on what to do in case of an electrical fire?

If yes, congratulations! If no, you should start one. The Electrical Safety Foundation International's website offers an Electrical Safety Self Assessment test online that can help you get started. It asks questions about your building and your staff, and will guide you towards having your own electrical safety procedure manual.

Electrical accidents on the job cause an average of 13 days away from work and nearly one fatality every day. Don't let your company or employees become a statistic. Keep them safe by staying informed.

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Stay tuned next week for summer-related electrical safety information!

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