During the month of May, LCEC joins the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help raise awareness about potential home electrical hazards and the importance of electrical safety. Although May is National Electrical Safety Month, it is important to be mindful every day when working with or around all things electrical. Below are some tips to help protect you from injury or death from electrical-related home fires and accidents:
• Keep ladders, kites, booms, pool skimmers, and antennas away from overhead power lines.
• Never touch or attempt to move a downed power line.
• Before you dig, call 811 to have utility lines marked. Remember that power lines are underground as well as overhead.
• Never attempt a project that is beyond your skill level. That’s what professionals are for!
• Always turn off power to a circuit that you plan to work on. You can do this at the circuit breaker in the main service panel.
• Always unplug appliances before attempting to work on them.
• Invest in safety items such as gloves, goggles, and hearing protection that is appropriate to the work or electrical tool that you will be using.
In celebration of National Electrical Safety Month 2017, ESFI has launched the fourth installment of its National Electrical Safety Month publication, Electrical Safety Illustrated. This year’s theme of “Decoding the NEC to Prevent Shock and Electrocution,” informs readers on the changes made in the 2017 National Electrical Code.
For more information on National Electrical Safety Month, visit http://www.esfi.org/program/national-electrical-safety-month-314. For more tips on electrical safety, visit www.lcec.net or contact LCEC at 239-656-2300.
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