Last week, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) released the first two videos of a series focused on the importance of electrical safety in the workplace and at home.
The video campaign, “Faces of Fire/Electrical,” was developed in conjunction with the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors. Each video will feature personal stories of people impacted by electrical incidents and demonstrate the need for continued education and awareness about electrical hazards in the workplace and at home.
“Exposure to electricity continues to be an important source of workplace injury,” said the NFPA press release. “According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, on average there have been more than 2,000 non-fatal electrical injuries at work each year. In 2018, there were 160 fatalities, an 18 percent increase over the previous year and the highest number of fatalities since 2011.”
Over the course of the campaign, a new video interview will be highlighted each month demonstrating the importance of electrical safety in the workplace and home, in addition to related electrical safety resources and information.
“Exposure to electricity poses a real injury risk to workers and the public,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA’s vice president of outreach and advocacy. “Many people are not aware of electrical dangers and yet each year people are injured or killed from these hazards. The Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign helps educate people about the true dangers of electricity and the ways to prevent related tragedies from happening.”
While many electrical injuries prove fatal, those that are not can be particularly debilitating, often times involving complicated recoveries and lasting emotional and physical impact. The Faces of Fire/Electrical campaign ultimately works to help build a safer world by teaching others and supporting the burn survivor community in advancing lifelong healing, optimal recovery and burn and injury prevention.
You can visit www.nfpa.org/facesoffire each month to watch the videos.