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Each year many consumers are injured and in and around their homes conditions such as overloaded circuits and damaged wire insulation as well as the misuse of extension cords and other electrical products create fire and electric shock hazards.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Com mission (CPSC) estimates that between 1994 and 1998, there was an annual average of accidental electrocution deaths related to consumer products. In 1999, there were estimated 150 accireduction is due to improved product safety engineering, better standards and electrical codes, safer installations, and better safety awareness thanks to attentive consumers and the efforts of organizations like the ESFI 208 an esdental electrocutions.
This However, during the 1994-1998 period there was an estimated annual average of 165,380 electrical related home structure fires which accounted for an annual average of 910 deaths, nearly 7,000 injuries, and nearly $1.7 billion in property damage. While the numbers vary from year to year, there i downward trend as we see with electrocutions. s no clear
This underscores how important it is for us to remain vigilant. Take a few minutes to look for and correct electrical safety hazards in your home. It does not take too long to check the insulation on a cord, move an appliance away from water, check for correct wattage light bulbs, or have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCls) and arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCls) installed.
On the other hand, it sometimes takes a life-time to overcome severe electrical injuries that can result from overlooking these simple things. Electricity is a powerful and useful energy source that also must be treated with respect and extreme caution. This brochure is intended for use only as an information guide a training or instruction manual.