Electrical Safety Month campaign points to electrical outlets; how not to overload your home

Blog Post created by lisamariesinatra Employee on May 23, 2016

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.