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A Voice of Warning from LA

A Voice of Warning from LA

This past week, Brett Brenner, president of the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), did an interview for the ABC affiliate in Los Angeles focusing on raising public awareness of counterfeit products. It is a segment that is well worth watching and that should be replayed in communities across the US. You can watch the segment here.  Over the last few years, the electrical industry has made a concerted effort to fight the rise of counterfeit goods. We have come a long way in educating Read more [...]
Protect Your Home from Fire

Protect Your Home from Fire

Every day in the U.S. 150 homes will start on fire because of electrical issues. Homeowners cantake steps to prevent thousands of these fires each year says the Electrical Safety Foundation International(ESFI) which sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. As part of its campaign this year, the foundationis helping consumers to identify and correct electrical fire hazards commonly found in homes. One safety devicehighlighted in this year’s campaign is being touted as the biggest innovation Read more [...]
John Adam’s Home to upgraded with AFCIs

John Adam’s Home to upgraded with AFCIs

 To launch National Electrical Safety Month, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) are pleased to announce a very special donation to the Adams National Historical Park.  They will be upgrading John Adams’ famous home with the most advanced electrical technology available ensuring that one of America’s treasures will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come.   ESFI and NFPA will be upgrading John Read more [...]
Eaton puts $500,000 behind its commitment to safety

Eaton puts $500,000 behind its commitment to safety

Eaton Corporation this past week announced that they are contributing $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project being conducted by the Institute of Electrical Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).  According to the press release announcing the donation, IEEE and the NFPA have joined forces on an initiative to fund and support research and testing to increase the understanding of arc flash. The results of this collaborative project will provide Read more [...]
National Electrical Safety Month resources are now available!

National Electrical Safety Month resources are now available!

Home electrical fires are a major problem in the United States. In many homes, dangerous electrical situations develop and continue to grow as the home ages. For this year’s National Electrical Safety Month, ESFI is partnering with organizations and companies across the United States to help you identify and fix electrical hazards that are commonly found in many of our homes. To help promote electrical safety during the month of May, ESFI has created an Electrical Safety Month toolkit that includes Read more [...]
Buyers Beware – US Warns Beijing Olympic goers that they are responsible for what they buy

Buyers Beware – US Warns Beijing Olympic goers that they are responsible for what they buy

In a Reuters article this week, CPSC head Nancy Nord warned Americans attending the Olympic games not to buy cheap or counterfeit goods.  In addition to cautioning Americans to “shop smartly,” Nord stated that customs officials would be stepping up their fight against counterfeit products during the games. According to the article, the World Customs Organization warned in January that fans caught with counterfeit products on their return from China could face heavy fines and possibly Read more [...]
U.S. Fire Administration Officially Endorses Fire Sprinkler Systems for Homes

U.S. Fire Administration Officially Endorses Fire Sprinkler Systems for Homes

U.S. Fire Administrator Greg Cade announced this week that his agency is officially adopting the position that all homes should be protected by residential fire sprinklers. Only fire sprinklers can detect fire AND automatically control it – affording families the time to make a safe escape and protect valuables and property. Cade announced that in January and February alone, over 300 people have already lost their lives in home fires.   In its announcement the U.S. Fire Administration Read more [...]
European Union points to China as source of Counterfeit Goods

European Union points to China as source of Counterfeit Goods

At a Global Anti-Counterfeit Summit in Brussels this past week, China once again became the object of attention. Jose Manuel Barroso, President of the European Union, announced that EU officials had seized more than 128 million counterfeit and pirated goods in 2006, up 70 percent from 2005. However, in spite of new EU regulations and increased cooperation with other nations in fighting counterfeit products, Barrosso noted that the “elephant in the room” is still China. “Unless we successfully Read more [...]
Florida Moves to Promote Electrical Safety by Stopping Counterfeit Products

Florida Moves to Promote Electrical Safety by Stopping Counterfeit Products

Florida State Attorney General Bill McCollum unveiled Thursday proposed legislation that will combat counterfeit and pirated goods. Joined by two state senators and representatives from the U.S. and Florida Chambers of Commerce at the news conference, Attorney General McCollum noted that, “counterfeit goods need to be seen for the dangerous threats they truly are…Not only do these goods damage our economy, the can devastate our citizens’ health and well-being.” The Anti-Counterfeiting Act Read more [...]
For Less than $2 You Can Protect Your Child from Shocks and Burns

For Less than $2 You Can Protect Your Child from Shocks and Burns

Nearly 2,400 children each year – seven children a day – are treated in hospitals for shocks and burns from electrical outlets. Most of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household items into the outlets with disastrous consequences. However, using tamper-resistant outlets as required in the new 2008 National Electrical Code could all but eliminate this hazard says the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Tamper-resistant outlets look Read more [...]