Electrical Safety Infographic

Electrical Safety Infographic

Content Summary for The Electrical Safety Infographic

Facts: –  The fourth leading cause of home fires are lighting and home electrical distribution systems –  Electrical failure or malfunction is blamed for 50,900 fires resulting in 490 deaths and 1,440 injuries each year. –  According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, extension cords cause an estimated 3,300 residential fires which kill 50 people and injure an additional 27 people each year. -The CPSC estimates that electrical extension cord injuries cause about 4,000 hospital emergency room visits with about 13% involving children under the age of 5 each year. -Over 30,000 non-fatal shock accidents and 60 consumer products electrocutions occur each year -The top product categories associated with electrocutions are small appliances, power tools and lighting equipment. Injuries and Symptoms of Electric Shock: A burn is the most common injury caused by an electric shock but other injuries can include
  • Death
  • Heart attack
  • Stroke
  • Muscle pain and contractions
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Irregular Heartbeats
  • Headache
  • Unconsciousness
  • Numbness
  • Tingling
  • Paralysis
  • Vision, hearing, or speech problems
An electrical accident can also cause clothing to ignite therefore causing flame burns as well. Severe electrical burns can cause more damage to a person than can be seen by the naked eye. Tips: –  Outdoor electrical work should always be done by a qualified electrician –  Use extension cords and other electrical products made for outside use and have the label of an independent testing laboratory –  Make sure the amperage rating of the extension cord matches that of the outdoor electrical product. –  All outdoor circuits should have ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) to prevent electrical shock –  Inspect all extension cords and electrical products to make sure they are not damaged and replace damaged ones right away – Make sure all outdoor lighting or electrical products are firmly secured but not in a way that damages the electrical insulation –  Extension cords should not be pinched by heavy furniture, windows or doors which can damage the insulation –  Keep all electrical products and extension cords clear of standing water, snow or flammable items –  Do not overload electrical outlets with too many devices as they can cause a fire from overheating –  Before replacing any part of an outdoor electrical item, make sure that it is unplugged. –  Do not leave electrical items on when not home or when sleeping –  Store electrical tools indoor and keep them away from children –  Keep in mind that extension cords are not meant for long-term use –  If an electrical products or extension cord has a three-prong plug, use it only in a three slot outlet or cord. Never remove a prong or force a connection to fit a two-slot outlet –  When an extension cord in use is hot, unplug it as it may be a sign of overheating. –  When disconnecting, pull the plug not the cord itself –  Be careful when assisting a victim of an electric shock in order to prevent a second electrical shock Sources: https://www.injurylawyer.com/electric-shock-injuries/ http://www.esfi.org/resource/outdoor-decoration-safety-tips-352 http://www.nfpa.org/public-education/by-topic/top-causes-of-fire/electrical/electrical-safety-in-the-home/outdoor-electrical-safety http://www.ameriburn.org/Preven/ElectricalSafetyEducator’sGuide.pdf http://www.dataspan.com/uploads/pdf/us-consumer-protection-extension-cord-safety-fact-sheet.pdf http://www.esfi.org/resource/holiday-data-and-statistics-359

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