So you've made that decision. As you hobble out of the bar, you stumble to your car thinking "I only live 2 miles away," all the while you've dropped your keys trying to unlock your car door. You know you shouldn't be driving tonight. You know society and the law severely frowns on drinking and driving, and that thousands of people are killed every day from people like you. At that moment you see the carnage. You see the news real footage runs through your head of the police lights and ambulances. You hear the cries of the mothers, wives and husbands after they've lost a loved one to such an avoidable and selfish decision. At that moment, you make another decision - a decision that will save not only your wallet but the lives of those around you. You are one a very small group of people who decided not to drink and drive.
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.
One in ten Americans has a type of hearing loss that affects his or her ability to understand normal speech. Excessive noise exposure on the job is the most common cause of hearing loss. Some workers with long-term hearing loss have developed ways of adapting to the gradual onset of the disease, but the chronic effects of noise are real and can be devastating. The important thing is that regardless of your present level of hearing loss, it is never too late or too hard to prevent further damage. Workers who already have serious hearing loss have an even greater reason for saving the hearing they have left.