- April 30, 2018
- Attorney Matt Stoddard
- Catastrophic Injury
This May is the Electrical Safety Foundation International’s (ESFI) National Electrical Safety Month. ESFI is a non-profit dedicated to improving electrical safety at home, in schools, and in the workplace. The annual National Electrical Safety Month campaign is an attempt to educate children and adults about electrical hazards and the best practices to ensure safety.
Some of the ESFI’s activities include gathering data about safety and possible threats. The campaign for the month also includes media promotional materials for anyone who wants to share their commitment to electrical safety on social media or through other means. The theme for Electrical Safety Month 2018 is “Understanding the Code that Keeps Us Safe,” focusing on the National Electrical Code and how to apply it.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an electrical accident due to another person’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. Get in touch with a trusted attorney to see whether you have a case.
The main electrical hazard in the home is the possibility of an electrical fire. Each year, about 3,300 home electrical fires are caused by extension cords, and these are only a fraction of the annual number of home electrical fires nationwide.
The ESFI recommends taking action to prevent electrical overloads, which are another major cause of house fires. Proper extension cord use can prevent the occurrence of another major source of accidents. Adequate smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector deployment can provide the early warning families need if a house fire should take place.
In addition, the ESFI offers a number of home safety checklists that provide information on recognizing and eliminating potential fire hazards. They also include a set of tips for do-it-yourself (DIY) home electrical work.
For electrical inspectors, multimeters and voltmeters are an often-underrated cause of accidents. A study in Ontario found that out of a sample size of 5,000 electricians, 11 percent had experienced a “violent failure of a multimeter.”
The good news is that many of these accidents can be prevented by using a meter with a high energy fuse. There are a wide variety of foreseeable user errors leading to an accident, including using the incorrect settings (such as setting the meter for ohms when testing voltage), using the incorrect probe socket, switching product settings while under power, exceeding the voltage limits of the meter, or applying the wrong “CAT” area. Proper safety practices can reduce the risk of violent failure, but the device’s internal state and condition can also cause accidents. Multimeter use is most likely to lead to an accident when used in buildings with higher levels of electrical usage, such as office buildings.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured
If you or a loved one is injured in an electrical accident, you should first seek medical attention. You should also make sure you contact authorities. If your injuries were the result of neglect by another party such as improperly designed product, you should seek legal assistance. The Stoddard Firm has years of experience handling electrical injuries, and we even offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case. Call us or contact us online today.