President Obama Issues Presidential Message In Support of National Electrical Safety Month

At the beginning of this month, President Barack Obama recognized May as National Electrical Safety Month. As CPSC continually strives to ensure the safety of consumers, we appreciate President Obama issuing a Presidential Message that encourages all Americans to stay safe from electrical hazards in the home. As the President stated,

“Every day, electricity helps light up our world. While we benefit tremendously from this vital energy source, there are many potential risks that accompany its use, including fires, shocks, and other accidents that lead to the death and injury of thousands each year. It is up to all of us to protect ourselves, our loved ones, and our homes, schools, and workplaces from the dangers of electrical hazards.”



To read the President’s complete message, click here.
Please keep safety in mind when working with electrical items in and around the home and check out the links below to some of our guides on electrical safety.

Electrical Safety

Power up with safety. Overloaded extension cords and power strips can present a serious fire hazard.

View the Electrical Safety Poster

Home Electrical Safety Checklist

Spot possible safety problems with electrical products in your home before they occur.

Download the Home Electrical Safety Checklist

Download the Home Electrical Safety Checklist in Spanish

Ladders and Electricity Don’t Mix

Never use a ladder near overhead wires.  You can be electrocuted if the ladder contacts the electrical wires.

Download the Ladders and Electricity Don’t Mix Safety Alert

Home Wiring Hazards

Find electrical dangers in your home before they cause fires or electrical shock.

Download the Home Wiring Hazards Safety Alert

Household Extension Cords Can Cause Fires

Do not overload or used damaged extension cords. They could cause a fire.

Download the Household Extension Cords Can Cause Fires Safety Alert
Download the Household Extension Cords Can Cause Fires Safety Alert in Spanish

GFCI Fact Sheet

GFCIs (ground fault circuit interrupters) in your home protect you from severe electrical shock.
Download the GFCI Fact Sheet

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