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May is National Electrical Safety Month

May is National Electrical Safety Month and the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is launching its annual effort to help reduce electrically-related fatalities, injuries and property loss.

This year’s campaign theme is "Decoding the National Electrical Code® (NEC) to Prevent Shock and Electrocution." Resources focus on common hazards including non-safeguarded electrical outlets and lesser-known causes such as electric shock drowning.

Each year, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns from sticking items into the slots of electrical receptacles. Additionally, an estimated annual average of 70 electrocution fatalities are associated with consumer products. Further, there are reported cases of electric shock drowning that occur in marinas and swimming pools each year.

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has also launched the fourth edition of ESFI’s Electrical Safety Illustrated. To read the magazine, go to www.esfi.org. You can also follow ESFI on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and YouTube to stay abreast of emerging electrical safety concerns.

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