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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…

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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. …

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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