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May is National Electrical Safety Month

Each year thousands of U.S. citizens are injured or die from electrical fires and electric shock or electrocution. On average, 69,700 residential fires are caused by faulty electrical wiring systems, appliances, tools or air conditioning — claiming more than 480 lives, injuring about 2,400 victims and causing nearly $890 million in property damage.

“The key element to electrical safety is awareness,” said Utility Manager Dennis Horner. “If people are aware of the hazards present around them at home, at work, at school and at play — and of the many simple ways they can keep safe — those statistics can be dramatically reduced.”

New Richmond Utilities and ESFI remind customers about the four R’s of electrical safety:

  • Respect the power of electricity;
  • Read and follow the operating instructions that come with every electrical product;
  • Replace worn or frayed electrical cords; and
  • Relocate appliance cords so they won’t get walked on and children can’t pull them.

“As society’s dependence on electricity grows, accident prevention becomes more and more critical,” said Horner. “We hope customers remain vigilant about the potential electrical hazards around the home and workplace not only during National Electrical Safety Month, but every day of the year.”

Visit www.electrical-safety.org for more information about National Electrical Safety Month or to learn more about electrical safety.