May Is Electrical Safety Month

Every May, electric cooperatives across the country celebrate Electrical Safety Month. Raising awareness about the importance of electrical safety is more essential than ever. This article discusses some potential electrical hazards and how you can safeguard your home.

Surge protectors are used to protect your computer and other electronic equipment from damage caused by voltage changes. If you are relying heavily on power strips, it might be an indication that you have too few outlets to address your needs.

Extension cords should not be used to provide power on a long-term or permanent basis. If you are using several extension cords, you should look into getting additional outlets installed by a qualified, licensed electrician.

Appliances can pose hazards if not properly cleaned and maintained. When was the last time you thought about your dryer as a fire hazard? Clean the lint filter before and after each use to reduce the chances of a fire starting and to increase its energy efficiency.

Electricity is the cause of more than 140,000 fires each year, resulting in more than 500 deaths, 4,000 injuries and $1.6 billion in property damage, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).