In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and East-Central Iowa REC, a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers in the home.
Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used. In 2015, over 1.3 million fires were reported in the U.S., a 3.4% increase from 2014, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
“It is critical that members of the public understand their home’s electrical system and the safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their homes,” explained CEO Steve Marlow. “With newer technologies, such as solar panels, electric vehicles, and more electrical gadgets in the home, people need to be well educated and make sure to have an electrical system that’s compatible with the increased load.”
To raise awareness of the importance of electrical safety, ECI REC will be posting a series of safety tips on our Facebook page. Members are also encouraged to explore the robust Safety section in our website, which includes this list of basic electrical safety rules.
Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future.