"I've been there. I have seen the ruin and felt the regret. The looks, the shock, the confusion and all the questions, I've been there. The hours sifting through the ash and debris accompanied by hugs and tears while holding the only picture not touched, I've been there. The feeling of everything happening in slow motion and the voices muted by the sirens and urgency, I've been there. The moment we realized there was no warning and no means to protect what we worked so hard for, I've been there. The moment I wished I could turn back the time and be prepared, I've been there."
One person a day is electrocuted at work, and though this is a surprising fact to many people, it is also very true. Every employer has a duty to protect their employees in the work environment, and they want to know what can be done to make that happen. This is no easy feat, but if a company follows the seven electrical safety habits below they can greatly reduce the potential for electrocutions (fatalities) at work.
According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electric-related fires are the third leading cause for fires in the United States. Electrical failure or malfunction served as the ignition source for a yearly average of 45,210 home fires, resulting in 420 deaths, 1,370 injuries and over $1.4 billion in property damage per year between 2010 and 2014. Arc-fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) circuits and receptacles can prevent an estimated 52% of these fires. Similar to efforts in preventing electrocutions and childhood shocks and burns, education for the public on fire prevention with new electrical technologies required by the National Electrical Code can help save numerous lives and property.