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Founded in 1994, ESFI is the nation's only non-profit organization dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace. A registered 501(c)(3) funded by the nation's top electrical manufacturers, independent testing laboratories, utilities, and electrical unions and associations, ESFI sponsors National Electrical Safety Month each May, and engages in public education campaigns and proactive media relations to help reduce property damage, injury and death due to electrical accidents.


Make Safety a Tradition

The fifteen days from December 22 through January 5 are the most dangerous of the year in terms of home Christmas tree structure fires. Here is a toolkit of holiday safety tips to help counteract these statistics in local communities. A summary of these tips follow.

ESFI Raises Awareness of New UL and CSA Requirements for GFCIs

To reduce electrically related deaths and injuries through public education, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has joined with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA), Underwriters Laboratories, Inc., the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to disseminate information on new requirements for ground-fault circuit interrupters. These new requirements offer a significant safety improvement for consumers.

Electrical Safety Precautions During Hurricanes

The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) warns consumers to beware of the dangers hurricanes cause when water comes in contact with electricity.

Awareness of Lightning Safety

Lightning strikes the United States as many as 20 million times each year. Because lightning traditionally causes more deaths than tornadoes or hurricanes and occurs when outdoor activity reaches a peak, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) and the Lightning Protection Institute (LPI) are reminding consumers and those who work outdoors of these lightning safety guidelines.

Test Your Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter

Most homes built since the 1970s have a GFCI in their kitchen and bathrooms. GFCIs appear similar to standard electrical receptacles, but also have "test” and "reset” buttons.