National Electrical Safety Month

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    National Electrical Safety Month


    According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) President Brett Brenner, “Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically, extension cords, power strips and surge protectors.”

    Common electrical hazards found in office environments:

    • Overloaded outlets

    • Unsafe/non-approved equipment

    • Improper placement of electrical cords

    • Live parts unguarded, such as broken/loose outlet plates

    • Pulling of plugs to shut off power

    • Blocking electrical panel doors

    Tips to protect against electrical incidents at the office:

    • Even when using a surge protector, make sure the electrical load is not too much for the circuit.

    • Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time!

    • Electrical appliances can be fire hazards! Be sure to turn off all appliances at the end of the day.

    • Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure they are not frayed, cracked or otherwise damaged.

    • Inspect all covers on light switches and outlets, and have any damaged covers replaced by a qualified person.

    • Do not run electrical cords through high-traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways.

    • Consider having a licensed electrician install additional outlets where needed, rather than relying on extension cords and power strips.

    • Ensure all electrical equipment is certified by a nationally recognized laboratory and read all manufacturers’ instructions carefully.

    • Maintain at least 3 feet of clearance in front of all electrical panels.

    Remember, safety begins with you!