National Electrical Safety Month


May is National Electrical Safety Month. Sponsored by the Electrical Safety Foundation International and endorsed by the National Fire Protection, National Electrical Safety Month promotes awareness and education regarding home electrical hazards, electrical fire safety, and the safety of workers potentially exposed to electrical hazards.

Electrical safety is an important theme at work, and at home. In the workplace, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), electrical fatalities in the workplace saw a 24% decrease in 2020 from 2019, however the overall number of work place electrical injuries has increased over the past two years. At home, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) found that 47,700 home fires in the U.S. are caused by electrical failures or malfunctions each year. These fires cause 1.4 billion in property damage as well as the human cost of injuries and deaths.

A major contributor to these events, both at work and at home, is overloaded circuits.


Warm or discolored wall plates

Flickering, blinking, or dimming lights

Frequently tripped circuit breakers or blown fuses

Crackling, sizzling, or buzzing from receptacles

Burning odor coming from receptacles or wall switches

Mild shock or tingle from appliances, receptacles, or switches


Never use extension cords or multi-outlet converters for appliances

All major appliances should be plugged directly into a wall receptacle outlet

Only plug one heat producing appliance (toaster, toaster oven, waffle maker, etc.) into a receptacle outlet at a time

Only use light bulbs in lamps and fixtures that are the appropriate wattage according to the fixtures ratings


Check the condition of the plug to identify bends, cracks, foreign material, or missing ground

Look over the length of the cord for signs of damage such as cracks, cuts, discoloration or
indications of damage to the wires inside

When you turn it on, you must watch for sparks or flickering of indicator lights, and pay attention to burning smells or signs of overheating

Any electrical tools or appliances displaying these warning signs must not be used and either taken to be repaired by a qualified repair person or disposed of properly. Taking these steps at home or at work can prevent electrical injury or fire. They are simple items that do not take a lot of time to do, but have the potential to prevent tragedy and protect lives.



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