In May, electric cooperatives across the country promote safety awareness to coincide with National Electrical Safety Month. Every year, thousands of accidents occur due to shock hazards, and Orange County REMC, a not-for-profit electric utility, is committed to educating the public about potential electrical dangers in the home.
In 2016, 475,500 structure fires (including residential fires) were reported in the U.S., causing 2,950 deaths, 12,775 injuries and $7.9 billion in property damage. According to the National Fire Protection Association, a residential fire was reported every 90 seconds. Many home fires occur when electrical equipment is outdated or improperly used.
“It is critical that the public understands their home’s electrical system and the safety concerns associated with the latest residential technologies before bringing them into their homes,” explains Matt Deaton General Manager/CEO. “With newer technologies, such as solar panels, electric vehicles and more electrical gadgets in the home, people need to ensure they have an electrical system that’s compatible with the increased load.”
Because we live and work in the community we serve, we care about our neighbors. Orange County REMC conducts electrical safety demonstrations in schools and for community events. Through electrical safety awareness and education, we can all play a part in preventing electrical hazards and injuries in the future. Together, let’s plug into safety this May.
If you would like us to provide a safety demonstration at your school or community event, please call us at: 812-865-2229 local or 888-337-5900 toll free. Be mindful when it comes to electrical safety. Pause and take the extra time to plug into safety.