LINCOLN — May is National Electrical Safety Month, and Lincoln Electric System is working with Electrical Safety Foundation International to launch its annual effort to help reduce electrically related fatalities, injuries and property loss. This year’s theme, “Electrical Safety during Natural Disasters,” focuses on the importance of preparing, weathering and rebuilding after natural disasters. The theme strikes especially close to home for Nebraskans impacted by record flooding.
Throughout May, LES will share electrical safety messages and tips on Facebook and Twitter to inform customers on topics related to electrical safety. Below are just a few tips to help protect you from injury or death due to electrically related accidents:
- Keep ladders, kites, pool skimmers and antennas away from overhead power lines.
- Never touch or attempt to move a downed power line.
- Call 811 before you dig to have utility lines marked.
- Use safety items such as gloves, safety glasses and hearing protection that are appropriate for the work you are doing.
- Always unplug appliances before attempting to work on them.
According to ESFI, approximately 2,400 children suffer severe shock and burns a year from sticking items into the slots of electrical receptacles. Additionally, an estimated average of 70 electrocution fatalities are associated with consumer products annually. Electrical safety awareness and education among consumers, families, employees and communities helps prevent electrical fires, injuries and fatalities.
Follow LES on Twitter and Facebook for more safety tips and additional resources. For ESFI’s complete collection of National Electrical Safety Month resources, visit ESFI.org.