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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Only You Can Prevent Electrical Fires

June 25, 2014 10:01 am

In The Home

Are you or someone you know a DIY "handy man" – the one that can have anything fixed in a jiff and for a quarter of the price? While it is helpful to have this “go-to” person at your fingertips, education is key and cutting corners can often be dangerous, especially in the case of electrical repairs and installations. Improper wiring in your house can cause any number of problems, including serious ones like electrocution and fires.

How safe is your home?

There are a few precautions you can take to ensure your home is electrically safe:

  • Hire a reputable, licensed contractor to provide an assessment of your current electrical wiring and to aid in any future work.
  • Keep up with important updates in home safety electrical devices, like an Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI), a new type of circuit breaker that recognizes fire hazards and prevents injuries and problems by immediately shutting off the power.
  • Start and maintain an electrical safety checklist, which when updated regularly, can make practicing electrical safety easier.

For help with your home safety checklist, check out the Electrical Safety Foundation International's website.

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