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May is Electrical Safety Month

ESFI provides free resources to help reduce injury and loss

ARLINGTON, Va. — 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 “Connected to Safety,” which aims to educate the workforce about solar panel and temporary power safety precautions, and helps businesses prepare their facilities for electric vehicle charging.

There were 166 electrical fatalities in 2019, a 3.75% increase over 2018, and the highest amount of electrical fatalities since 2011. ESFI created this year’s National Electrical Safety Month resources to address workplace safety needs to prevent these avoidable injuries and deaths.

One of the resources, Temporary Power Safety, details the proper safety procedures for working with or around temporary power. Temporary power is essential to construction worksites but poses a risk to workers. Following safety procedures is imperative to prevent accidents with temporary power.

Other featured ESFI resources are aimed at solar PV electrical safety and installing electrical vehicle chargers.

Electrical safety awareness and education among employees and employers will prevent future workplace electrical injuries and fatalities, ESFI says. For the organization’s complete collection of free-to-share National Electrical Safety Month resources, visit its website at esfi.org.