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Michael G. Clendenin

Michael G. Clendenin is the executive director for the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). ESFI is North America's only non-profit organization exclusively dedicated to the promotion of electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. He has created a catalog of electrical safety resources, issuing safety tips through publications, media relations, and their website. He currently acts as the spokesperson for the ESFI and the electrical industry on matters of electrical safety awareness. Clendenin understands how important it is for consumers to arm themselves against electrical hazards by gaining valuable information.


Avoid Outdoor Electrical Hazards at Work and Home

Warmer weather brings an increase in outdoor work in many parts of the country, both on the job and at home. Increasing electrical safety awareness can help ensure those activities do not result in injuries and deaths, according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI).

ESFI Urges Consumers to "Plug Into Electrical Safety”

According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), in 1999 there were an estimated 38,400 total electrically-related home structure fires, with electrical wiring including switches, receptacles and outlets accounting for 16,300, and cords, plugs and extension cords accounting for another 6,400. As a result, the ESFI is working to raise safety awareness related to outlets and cords by encouraging consumers to "Plug Into Electrical Safety.”

Homeowners Warned About Aging Home Electrical Systems

Owners of older homes may have a much more alarming problem than peeling paint and loose floorboards lurking behind their walls. According to the latest statistics from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), electrical distribution was the largest cause of property damage wreaking $643.2 million in property damage in home structure fires, and the third leading cause of home structure fires, causing 40,400 fires, the second leading cause of death (329) and third leading cause of home fire injuries (1,357) between 1994 and 1998, the latest data available.