Wakefield Fire Department

Electrical Safety Tips

Chief Michael Sullivan and the Wakefield Fire Department would like to remind residents about electrical safety and best practices during the month of May.

Each year, May is recognized as National Electrical Safety Month by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). The annual initiative seeks to raise awareness about electrical safety and ensure residents take the necessary precautions to prevent fires, shocks and burns that can occur when electrical systems and devices are not handled and maintained properly.

According to the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA), electrical distribution or lighting equipment played a role in approximately 34,000 home fires per year between 2014-2018, resulting in an average of 470 civilian deaths and 1,100 civilian injuries per year.

While not always as visible as typical fires, electrical fires can be damaging to individuals, families and homes, said Chief Sullivan. During National Electrical Safety Month, we want to arm residents with the knowledge to recognize and prevent electrical fires in their home.

In order to protect yourself, your family and your home from electrical fires, the NFPA offers the following safety tips:

The Wakefield Fire Department also wishes to remind you that electrical safety is just as important outside the home as inside the home.

The NFPA offers several tips for outdoor electrical safety:

Some offices are still operating remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic. For residents working from home, ESFI offers these tips to ensure electrical safety while at home:

The Wakefield Fire Department also wishes to remind residents that they should test their smoke detectors regularly to ensure they are functioning properly. It’s also important that all residents of the home recognize the sound of a smoke alarm and are familiar with the escape plan in the event of a fire.

Residents that have any questions about electrical safety can contact the Wakefield Fire Department at 781-246-6435. As always, call 911 in event of an emergency.