It goes without saying that electricity makes our lives easier (just ask New Englanders who wrestled with four (!) blizzards in March that knocked out power for days and even weeks!) but there’s also a good chance that many of us are not really aware of the risks involved.
That’s why NFPA actively supports , an annual campaign sponsored by , which works to raise awareness of potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical fire safety, including worker safety, during May. This year’s theme is: Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe.
In case you didn’t know, the code we’re referring to in this year’s theme is the NEC (or NFPA 70: National Electrical Code). The NEC provides practical safeguards from the hazards that arise from using electricity. You may not know that it’s also the most widely adopted safety code in the U.S. and the world, and that the NEC serves as the benchmark for safe electrical installations for use by electricians (that's why NFPA strongly urges residents to use a qualified electrician to do all of their home electrical projects).
This month our organizations are providing resources you can use like infographics, videos, tip sheets, fact sheets, and more. The resources are easy to access and they cover a wide range of topics including electrical safety tips for the home, outdoor electrical safety, and workplace safety.
To help illustrate what we mean about electrical safety in the home, take a look at our video below called, “A Shocking Revelation.” The video features our beloved character, Dan Doofus, who learns from his mistakes and forges a new path for safer electrical practices in his home.
The more we’re all aware of the risks associated with electricity, the faster we can start putting safety practices into place. Let NFPA and ESFI help you get started. Find information on and share what you learn with family, friends and your neighbors. Together, let’s make a pledge this May to raise awareness about electrical hazards in our homes, work environment and schools, and help reduce the risk of electrical injuries and property damage in our communities.