NFPA and ESFI provide safety tips for children after tragic accident prompts national warning on electric safety

Blog Post created by laurenbackstrom Employee on May 15, 2012

NESMA 6-year-old Alabama child received severe burns after coming into contact with a transformer in a public sports complex late last month. With the end of the school year rapidly approaching leaving children with more time to play outdoors and summer recreational activities in full swing, NFPA and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are joining forces to warn the public about outdoor electrical dangers that can pose as safety threats to children.

This collaborative effort is part of National Electrical Safety Month, an annual public awareness campaign sponsored by ESFI to promote the importance of electrical safety and educate key audiences about the steps that can be taken to prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities at home, in public, and in the workplace.

NFPA and ESFI are offering the following tips for parents to enforce to their children this summer to ensure that they avoid electrical shock or burns while playing outdoors:

  • Electrical equipment enclosures and boxes      should not be used as a playground toy or something to sit on or play      around. Equipment that has been damaged or not maintained can present a      shock hazard.
  • If you see a power line on the ground, tell an      adult right away.
  • If there is lightning, do not stand near trees. Go inside right      away.
  • Parents should notify town or local officials      if they observe electrical equipment that is in a state of disrepair so      that repairs can be initiated.

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