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Take a look around your home. How many devices do you have that require electricity? Cell phones and computers, televisions, lamps, kitchen appliances and the like, right? In short, we have A LOT of things in our home that need to be plugged in. For most of us, having electricity readily available is just part of our daily lives but today with the abundance of gadgets that have to be charged up, we need to consider fire safety and the important role electrical outlets play in our homes.


Electrical Safety Month.JPGAll through the month of May, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is promoting National Electrical Safety Month with tips, tools and resources to help raise awareness of electrical safety. This week we're highlighting ESFI's "Don't Overload Your Home!" infographic, which provides important tips you can follow to help lower the risk of electrical fires by not overloading your electrical system.


Not sure what to look for? Check for these warning signs:

* Crackling, sizzling or buzzing from receptacles

* Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses

* Flickering, blinking or dimming lights


Review the infographic and get additional information and tips from ESFI about how you can help prevent electrical overloads. You can also get great information on NFPA's electrical safety webpage including a short video you can watch and share with family and friends.


This month, make it a point to play it safe. Follow important guidelines to help ensure you reduce your risk for electrical fires.

Brian McQueen, a director on the NFPA Education Section, was featured last week in an article published

in USA TODAY about firefighter cancer cases. Federal legislation has been announced that would establish

a National Firefighter Cancer Registry and direct the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention to track the types of cancers contracted by volunteer and professional firefighters.

The article states that firefighters contract cancer 14 BrianMcQueen (2) headshot.jpgpercent more often than others

because of the toxins they’re exposed to on the job. Representative Richard Hanna, D-NY,

developed the idea for the registry. His inspiration came from McQueen, who in addition to

serving on the NFPA membership section, is past chief of the Whitesboro Volunteer Fire

Department. McQueen was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in December 2013. His physicians
linked his cancer to more than three decades as a volunteer firefighter. McQueen has

developed an educational program in central New York to alert others to the potential dangers. He said that

he is humbled that his experience has served as inspiration to the congressman.

safety source.JPGThe May issue Safety Source. NFPA's public education newsletter, is now available for viewing. In this issue, you will find:

  • NFPA's updated messaging around sleeping with a door closed
  • National Electrical Safety Month
  • Keeping grilling fire safety in mind this season
  • And more!

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