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Life and Property at Risk in Clash over Code Adoption

Life and Property at Risk in Clash over Code Adoption

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has learned that Ohio Governor Ted Strickland will be presented with an Emergency Order to annul the recent state adoption of the 2008 National Electrical Code by the Board of Building Standards. ESFI encourages residents of Ohio to call the governor's office to let him know they support the life-saving and fire-preventing measures included in the new electrical code. At issue are Arc Fault Circuit Interrupters (AFCI). AFCIs are advanced Read more [...]
With CPSC in Limbo – Consumers Need to be on Guard

With CPSC in Limbo – Consumers Need to be on Guard

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has had a turbulent year.  Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem to be getting any better. Last week CPSC lost its quorum…again.  For those of you who may not intimately follow the cloak and dagger politics of the safety world, let me explain why all of this matters.  A quorum for CPSC means having three commissioners.  Without a quorum, CPSC cannot vote on new safety standards, or take aggressive actions against companies that have failed Read more [...]
Has Cold Weather Forced You to Stay Inside? Check for Safety!

Has Cold Weather Forced You to Stay Inside? Check for Safety!

Before you leave home in the morning, you run through a mental checklist: Keys? Check! Lights? Check! Wallet? Check! But most Americans have never thought about running through a checklist that could save them from electrocution or electrical fire: an electrical safety checklist. The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has a free, downloadable checklist covering electrical issues that may arise inside your home. Covering every room from the kitchen to the basement, the checklist guides Read more [...]
Use Caution When Using Generators After a Winter Storm

Use Caution When Using Generators After a Winter Storm

Portable electric generators provide a great source of power. But, if these generators are improperly installed or operated, they can become deadly. Carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless poison gas. It is an invisible killer. While generators can come in handy after a storm, using one indoors can kill you and your family in minutes. Opening doors and windows or operating fans to ventilate will not prevent CO build-up in the home. Even with a CO alarm, you should never use a gasoline-powered Read more [...]
8 Ways to Protect Your Family from Electrical Hazards

8 Ways to Protect Your Family from Electrical Hazards

(1) Electrical systems age and can become overloaded, particularly in older homes. Over the years as more lighting, appliances and equipment are added, the electrical system becomes overburdened and problems can develop. If fuses blow or circuit breakers protecting branch circuits trip frequently, new branch circuits or other repairs may be necessary. Depending on the condition of the equipment and the extent of the repairs, the cost may be nominal or could run into several thousand dollars. A qualified Read more [...]
What’s more dangerous than a fake Gucci?

What’s more dangerous than a fake Gucci?

Trademark counterfeiting has reached the electrical sector. Counterfeiters have targeted well-known industrial and consumer brands, and registered certification marks of testing and certification laboratories.“Counterfeit electrical products can pose significant safety hazards and left undetected, can cause deaths, injuries and substantial property loss in the home and the workplace,” notes Brett Brenner, President of the Electrical Safety Foundation International. The electrical products targeted Read more [...]
Wrapping Up the Holidays Safely

Wrapping Up the Holidays Safely

Now that the holidays are over, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reminds you to eliminate potential electrical hazards when packing and storing decorations so they are safe for next year’s use. According to the U.S. Fire Administration, nearly 156,000 fires in the United States occur during the winter holiday season claiming nearly 630 lives, 2,600 injuries, and $936 million in property damage. On December 31 and January 1 alone, there are over 200 fatalities and injuries on Read more [...]