Every May, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) holds its National Electrical Safety Month. The purpose of the month-long campaign is to educate the public on important safety issues related to electrical work. This year, the campaign is focused on the National Electrical Code, which sets the minimum standards for safe electrical installation. The official title of the campaign is “Decoding the National Electrical Code to Prevent Shock and Electrocution”.
The National Electrical Code is updated every three years to reflect the latest innovations in electrical safety technology, and 2017 was a year in which a new set of standards was released. As of this writing, the State of Michigan is reviewing the 2017 standards and will decide whether or not to adopt them. Currently, the State of Michigan and the electricians at Electrician Express are following the 2014 NEC standards, as well as the 2015 Michigan Residential Code.
Proper Electrical Safety Prevents Electrocution
Electrocution is a real issue, which is why the ESFI exists and spends so much time and energy on education. Every year, more than 2,000 children are injured by sticking items in the slots of electrical receptacles. The plastic outlet caps that many stores sell have been shown to be ineffective, as the average two- to four-year-old can remove one in about 10 seconds. A better option is a tamper-resistant receptacle. Not only do they offer more protection, but they are also a permanent solution.
An electrician at Electrician Express can recommend an effective tamper-resistant receptacle to install in your Genesee County home. Another way to protect those around you from electrocution is to make sure you have Ground Fault Circuit Interrupters (GFCIs) in areas where water may be present. This includes kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, balconies, decks, and porches. It’s especially important if your home has a swimming pool, hot tub, or spa, in order to avoid electrical shock drowning.
If you have an older Genesee County home, it may not have GFCIs installed at all, leaving your family vulnerable. Installing tamper-resistant receptacles and GFCIs are two easy ways to immediately make your home a safer place.
Bringing Your Genesee County Home Up to Code
If you are concerned that your home is not up to date with the latest safety standards, contact a Flushing electrician for an inspection. Updating your home or business’s electrical systems may not be as expensive as you might imagine, and doing so could have a big impact on the safety of the people who live and work there. Our electricians are always up-to-date on the latest code requirements and can make recommendations that will increase the safety of your home or business. Your safety is our primary concern and we take it very seriously!