February is Electrical Safety Awareness Month

The U. S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said today that 600 persons suffer electrocution in or around the home each year, and some 205,000 residential fires of electrical origin cause 1,100 deaths and an estimated 16,300 injuries annually. Property loss totals about $950 million from such fires.

Hair dryers falling into bath water account for an estimated 30 electrocution deaths annually...20 of them to children. The CPSC has, therefore, announced a month-long program to reduce electrical accidents in the home.

CPSC said that during Electrical Safety Awareness Month, consumers will have an opportunity to conduct an electrical safety audit of their homes using a checklist developed by CPSC.

Get your copy of this vital checklist here: Electrical Safety Booklet

Besides urging consumers to conduct electrical safety audits of their home, the CPSC urges them to have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) installed in their bathroom, garage and outside circuits.

These "Safety Breakers" are often seen in bathrooms as press-to- test buttons. CPSC said GFCI's could prevent many of the shock accidents because they cut off current to a circuit if electrical current begins to flow through the, body. They detect very small levels of leakage current and work so fast that serious injury can be avoided.

Protect your family. Download the checklist NOW.

(Source: Consumer Product Safety Commission)