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					To help promote public awareness of the importance of electrical safety, the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources
Department is joining with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) in its promotion of May as
National Electrical Safety Month. Each week in May, this year’s campaign will address one of four key safety
issues: do-it yourself safety, office safety, safety education for kids, and industrial safety.

Do-It-Yourself Safety

                          According to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, the U.S.
                          home improvement market has nearly doubled in size in the last ten years to over
                          $290 billion per year. Over the same period of time, emergency rooms reported
                          an increased number of injuries that were the direct result of persons performing
                          home electrical work. Working with electricity can be dangerous unless you
                          adhere to the rules. Therefore, you should always consider hiring a qualified,
                          licensed electrician to do home electric projects but when undertaking any home
                          electrical project on your own, safety rules you should follow include:

•   Before beginning any project involving electrical work, make an effort to learn as much as possible about
    your home electrical system;
•   Admit your weaknesses. Never attempt a project that is beyond your skill level. Knowing when to call a
    professional may help prevent electrical fires, injuries, and fatalities;
•   Always shut off power at the main disconnect before changing a fuse; Always shut off power to the
    circuit or at the main before repairing or replacing a switch, receptacle, or fixture;
•   Always tape over the main switch, empty fuse socket, or circuit breaker when you're working. Leave a
    note there so no one will accidentally turn on the electricity. Keep any fuses you've removed away from
    the box;
•   DO NOT TOUCH plumbing or gas pipes when performing a do-it-yourself electrical project; and

•   NEVER WORK ON ANY LIVE CIRCUIT, FIXTURE, RECEPTACLE OR SWITCH. Your life may depend on it.

          ***Remember - For additions or repairs to your Mesa property, always ensure that you use
                      qualified licensed contractors and have obtained proper permits.


Office Safety

Stay safe from electrical safety hazards in the workplace. When determining
where electric equipment and cords can safely be placed, plan ahead to avoid
injuries and equipment damage and:

•   Do not overload circuits. Use multiple outlets for electrical equipment;
•   Use only grounded (3-prong) appliances and equipment in grounded
    outlets;
•   Protect office electronics from possible spillage of food and beverages;
•   Place electrical cords where they cannot be cut by sharp desk or drawer edges, or rolled over by chair
    legs;
•   Do not place electrical cords across doorways or other openings; and
•   Keep electrical cords away from radiators, space heaters, and/or other heat sources.
Electrical Safety Education "4" Children

Early education and reinforcement of safety around
electricity and all forms of energy helps to make
energy safety a part of your children’s everyday
activities and thinking. Teach your children to
respect energy and electricity and to avoid danger by
following important safety tips whenever electricity
is near:

•   Respect the Cord. Electrical cords have wires
    inside them that carries electricity from the wall
    socket to the TV, microwave, and other electrical
    devices - so it’s important to avoid handling
    cords without adult supervision. Ask an adult if
    you want something plugged in or unplugged and, if given permission, only connect or disconnect a cord
    by the plug. Make sure you tell an adult when a cord is bent, cracked, frayed or smoking.

•   Water and Electricity Don’t Mix. Electricity flows easily through water. Stay safe by keeping electricity
    and water far apart. In fact, electricity and any liquid should be kept apart.

•   Stop the Shock. Stay away from electrical outlets even when they’re not in use. Never touch or insert
    objects in electric outlets. Keep electrical objects away from water, and water away from electrical
    objects. Keep water/drinks away from electrical outlets.

•   Fight Fires Before They Start. Tell an adult when something is too near a lamp, heater, or other hot
    surface. If any electric appliance or cord is smoking, tell an adult immediately and follow your escape
    plan.

•   GET OUT, GET HELP AND CALL 9-1-1. Every family should have an emergency escape plan. Make sure
    everyone in the family knows and practices the plan including the escape route.
Both the City of Mesa’s Energy Resources Department and the ESFI offer a free, interactive and fun websites
for children to learn about electrical safety. Visit Electric and Natural Gas Safety World and ESFI's Kid’s
Corner and let your child’s adventure into safety begin.


Electrical Safety in the Field

                                 Electrical accidents on the job cause an average of 13 days away from work
                                 for each accident and nearly one fatality every day. The first step in
                                 avoiding electrical hazards begins with safety awareness. Know your
                                 employer’s safety requirements and follow them. If you are unsure “ASK
                                 BEFORE YOU ACT!”.

                                          ENERGY SAFETY IS EVERYONE’S RESPONSIBILITY.
                                   WHETHER ELECTRIC OR NATURAL GAS: BE EDUCATED, BE AWARE AND
                                                            BE SAFE.

				
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