May is National Electrical Safety Month
by Carol Wischmeyer on 05/04/16
Each year lives are claimed due to electrical accidents. As part of a nationwide effort by Electrical Safety Foundation International, May has been designated as National Safety Month. CSE Electric, LLC is proud to take part in this public education drive to raise awareness about electrical safety. By simply checking for problems in your home or business
and being alert to electrical hazards, you can help protect yourself, your workers, and your family from electrical related injuries.
There are an astonishing number of electrical accidents each year. The numbers are scary and the related property damage is astronomical. This is not a post to scare anyone, but we have firsthand knowledge of how electrical accidents can happen even when trained professionals are involved in the work.
However, for most of the general public, simple precautions can prevent most accidents.
Therefore, CSE has decided that its first blog post would be to join the efforts this month on electrical safety. This first blog will focus on simple steps for the home consumer and how to help protect your children or grandchildren from electrical shock. Here are our suggestions:
#1. Place protective covers on all unused outlets. I had children and now I have grandchildren. I know children can climb, so consider not only the ones that appear to be in reach of a child but all open outlets.
#2. Install plug outlet covers.
#3. Locate appliances and televisions so that children can't pull them down on themselves. Pay attention to whether a child can grab the cord to do this.
#4. Check power cords and extension cords and make sure they are not frayed or cracked. Do not place them in high traffic areas or under rugs or furniture. Extension cords should only be used on a temporary basis and are not for long term use. If you do use an extension cord, make sure it is listed by an independent testing lab and is properly rated for the intended use.
#5. Some floor lamps can operate at high temperatures. Be careful that they are not located where children could knock them over where it could come in contact with draperies or other flammable materials. Be sure to not use high temperature lamps in a child's room.
#6. Don't leave plugged in appliances where they can come in contact with water.
#7. Never give your child a bath during an electrical storm.
#8. Don't let them touch anything electrical when they are wet.
#9. Keep children inside on rainy days.
#10. Always fly kites in an open area - never near power lines.
#11. Keep drinks away from electrical items.
#12. Educate your children on good safety habits.
The above suggestions are basic and may seem to be common sense. But our lives get busy and therefore it is important to use this month as a reminder to protect your family, children, friends, and co-workers by identifying and correcting electrical hazards.
Through the month, CSE Electric, LLC will continue to share electrical safety reminders as part of this important campaign to
raise awareness on Electrical Safety in our area.
Remember, when it comes to electricity, you should strive to take one too many precautions, than one too few.