Flipping a light switch. Plugging in a coffeemaker. Charging a laptop computer. These activities are second nature for most of us. Electrical appliances and devices make our lives easier. However, our trust in them should not be absolute.
Electrical failure or malfunction was involved in an estimated annual average of 47,820 reported home structure fires in 2007-2011. These fires resulted in 455 civilian deaths and 1,518 civilian injuries, with $1.5 billion in direct property damage. Electricity is safe to have in the home if it is treated with respect. NFPA needs your help to ground your community in the basics of electrical safety.
Here's an online toolkit of support materials to help fire departments conduct successful electrical safety campaigns in their communities.
Talking about electrical safety
Printable safety spots (PSA cartoons)
- NFPA's "Electrical Fires" by John R. Hall, Jr., April 2013.
All visitors: Download this report. (PDF, 51 KB)
- NFPA's "Lightning Fires and Lightning Strikes" by Ben Evarts, December 2010.
NFPA members: Download this report. (PDF, 174 KB)