Mr. Electric is teaming up with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) to help promote electrical safety during National Electrical Safety Month this May by increasing employee awareness of the electrical hazards that may exist in an office setting.
The modern office environment has changed dramatically in recent years as a result of new office technologies and an increased reliance on electrical equipment. Improper use of this workplace equipment can cause serious electrical shock and burn injuries.
“Electrical accidents that occur in an office environment are usually a result of faulty or defective equipment, unsafe installation, or misuse of equipment – specifically extension cords, power strips, and surge protectors,” says Jeff Meyers, president of Mr. Electric.
National Electrical Safety Month is a great time to review workplace electrical safety practices. Effective electrical safety programs increase safety awareness, provide established safety guidelines, and ensure the proper tools and technology are used to mitigate the risks associated with electrical safety hazards.
Awareness of electrical hazards is critical to preventing accidents and creating a safer work environment. Following basic safety principles can help to ensure your safety and the safety of those around you:
• Surge protectors protect equipment, but they do not provide protection from the potential hazards of an overloaded circuit. Make sure the electrical load is not too great for the circuit.
• Avoid overloading outlets with too many appliances. Never plug in more than one high-wattage appliance at a time.
• Unplug appliances when not in use to conserve energy, but also to minimize the opportunities for electric shock or fire.
• Inspect electrical cords once a month to ensure that they are not frayed, cracked, or damaged.
• Do not place electrical cords in high traffic areas, under carpets or across doorways where they pose a potential tripping hazard.
• Consider having additional outlets installed where you need them instead of relying on extension cords and power strips.
• Ensure that all electrical products and equipment are certified by a nationally recognized testing laboratory such as UL, CSA, or ETL, and read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully.
About Mr. Electric®:
Established in 1994, Mr. Electric is a global franchise organization providing electrical installation and repair services. Recognized by Entrepreneur magazine among its “Franchise 500,” Mr. Electricfranchisees provide these services to both residential and commercial customers at almost 200 locations worldwide. Mr. Electric is a subsidiary of The Dwyer Group, Inc., family of service franchises. For more information or to find the location nearest you, visit MrElectric.com.
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