As Americans flock to home improvement stores during stay-at-home orders, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) reminds homeowners about safety devices and proper renovation techniques.
The "Smart Home" campaign launched by the organization during the month in May corresponds with National Electrical Safety Month. ESFI focused on home renovations as millions of Americans adhere to stay-at-home orders during the COVID-19 pandemic.
"Many older homes may not have an adequate electrical system to meet the electrical demands of today,” explained Brett Brenner, EFSI president, on the organization's website. “If you're renovating your home, make sure to have electrical safety devices installed. These devices help to maintain a safe home and protect against electrically-related fires and electrocutions.”
The National Electric Code, which is revised every three years, states that arc-fault circuit interrupters, ground-fault circuit interrupters, surge protective devices, and tamper-resistant receptacles are required at a minimum for safe electrical installation.
EFSI has created a series of infographics and resources dedicated to keeping Americans safe as they work on home projects.