May is National Electrical Safety Month
Electricity is generally a safe and reliable source of power for your home. If used carelessly, however, electricity can be dangerous; even deadly. Each year, nearly 400 people are electrocuted in their homes or backyards and 450 more are killed in home fires caused by electrical problems. The Electrical Safety Foundation International has designated May as National Electrical Safety Month to raise awareness about electrical safety issues. You can do your part by familiarizing yourself with electrical hazards and taking steps to make your home safer.
Common electrical hazards
Without appropriate precautions, exposure to electricity can cause serious harm. Shocks and burns are common injuries that result from exposure to electricity and they impact the body in different ways. Electrical shock occurs through contact with an energized device that sends electric current through the body. Effects range from a slight tingling sensation to immediate cardiac arrest. The severity of the shock depends on the amount of current, the path of the current and the length of contact. Burns occur when electrical current flows through tissues or bone, generating heat that causes damage. If an electrical accident occurs, seek medical attention immediately.
Preventing electrical accidents
There are a variety of things you can do inside and outside your home to reduce your risk of exposure to electricity and keep your family safe, including the following:
This list is intended for informational purposes only. Contact your local building inspector or state fire marshal for information about electrical safety standards in your area.
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