Congratulations to the many companies that support the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI)–you are truly saving lives.
The first half of 2011 was a period of tremendous growth and success for ESFI. In June, ESFI was awarded its third consecutive and largest Fire Prevention and Safety Grant for $567,200 from the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. In addition, ESFI expanded its international footprint by establishing an official affiliate organization in Canada. ESFI has always had a great working relationship with electrical safety stakeholders in Canada, but the formation of ESFI Canada takes the Foundation’s work in that country to the next level. ESFI Canada will leverage the visibility, history, and success of ESFI in its efforts to promote electrical safety awareness in Canada.
During National Electrical Safety Month this past May, electrical safety awareness was heightened as evidenced by ESFI’s 65% increase of website visitors compared to May 2010. Utilization of the Foundation’s National Electrical Safety Month Toolkit increased 125% over the prior year. This growth in awareness is due in part to the support of 18 state governors, the U.S. Department of Defense, and the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association.
Steady progress is being made on a new, comprehensive workplace safety awareness program that will be launched to coincide with the release of the new 2012 edition of NFPA-70E. The program will raise awareness of and build value for the concept of electrical safety auditing/assessment in order to reduce workplace electrical safety injuries and fatalities. The program will consist of three components: awareness/promotional materials, an online self-assessment tool, and a resource toolkit with audit/assessment solutions.
ESFI has over 16 years of electrical safety knowledge and is the number one source for information to keep families, communities, and businesses safe from electrical hazards.