April showers, bring May flowers - along with National Electrical Safety Month.
Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is a non-profit organization dedicated to providing and delivering knowledge on electrical safety. Annually, there are an estimated 35000 home fires, 1130 injuries, 500 deaths, and $1.4 billion in property damage due to electrical malfunctions.
Whether it's for the workplace or at home, electrical safety is important to know. The infographic below highlights accidents, injuries, and fatalities in the workplace from contact with electricity.
Electrical Safety Tips
- De-energize exposed or live electrical equipment when cleaning or working on them
- Have a Lockout/Tagout policy
- Proper training and usage of electrical equipment
- All power switches clearly labeled and easily accessible
- Frayed cables and faulty equipment should not be used
- Regular maintenance and inspections
- If needed, use physical barriers or enclosures to ensure only those who have access can enter
- Make sure equipment is double insulated and grounded
- Clearly identify potential hazards with safety signs
- Never overload plugs, extension cords, or sockets