How Safe Is Your Home? Our Energy Today Electricians Break It Down

October 27, 2023

Here at Energy Today, we care about our customers and their safety. That is why we always aim to educate our customers on why electrical safety matters and the steps you should be taking to secure your home. 

Why Electrical Safety Matters

  • Electrical Fires: Electrical fires are a prevalent concern, with statistics showing that electrical failures or malfunctions are the leading cause of residential fires in the United States. In fact, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that electrical problems contribute to approximately 45,000 home fires annually.

  • Injury Rates: Electrical accidents can result in severe injuries or fatalities. According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), electrical accidents account for approximately 1,000 fatalities and tens of thousands of injuries each year in the United States alone.

  • Children and Electrical Injuries: Children are particularly vulnerable to electrical injuries due to their curiosity. The ESFI reports that approximately seven children are treated daily in U.S. emergency rooms for electrical shock or burn injuries caused by tampering with electrical outlets or appliances.

  • Holiday Season Risks: During the holiday season, electrical safety becomes even more crucial. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that holiday decorations, including Christmas trees, lights, and other decorative items, are associated with approximately 100 injuries and 10 deaths each year due to electrical accidents.

Taking Action TODAY for a Safer Tomorrow

While these statistics may sound alarming, they serve as a reminder of the real risks associated with electricity when not handled responsibly. The good news is that many electrical accidents can be prevented through awareness, education, and proactive safety measures.

Here are some steps you can take to protect yourself and your loved ones:

  1. Regular Inspections: Periodically inspect your home's electrical system, looking for signs of wear and tear, exposed wires, or outdated components.

  2. Professional Maintenance: Contact our Energy Today team to schedule regular maintenance visits. Our team will ensure that your home meets safety standards.

  3. Childproofing: If you have children, install tamper-resistant outlets and teach them about electrical safety from an early age.

  4. Holiday Vigilance: Be extra cautious when decorating your home during the holiday season, following safety guidelines to prevent accidents. Be sure to not overload outlets which can become a fire hazard. 

  5. Education: Stay informed about electrical safety practices and share this knowledge with your family and friends.

  6. Emergency Preparedness: Know how to respond in case of electrical emergencies, such as power outages or electrical fires.

Remember, the goal of understanding these statistics is not to incite fear but to emphasize the importance of taking electrical safety seriously. By staying informed and taking necessary precautions, we can significantly reduce the risks associated with electricity and create a safer environment for ourselves and future generations. If you’re ready to book your electrical safety inspection, contact our Energy Today team TODAY. We will keep your home SAFE and ensure your electrical is at its BEST.

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