National Electrical Safety Month in MAY coincides with 100+ Years of Electrical Safety Innovation featuring the legendary Square D Safety Switch
Square D has long been at the forefront of developing breakthrough safety innovations beginning with the original Safety Switch introduced in 1909.
Since then, some of Square D’s many safety-focused innovations have included:
- Dual function circuit breakers with combination ground fault and advanced arc fault protection
- Arc isolation and mitigation technology
- Power circuit breakers with Bluetooth-enabled remote operation allowing work to be performed from outside an arc flash boundary
All this is important, because approximately 24,000 electrical fires occur per year in the U.S. alone, accounting for 6.3% of all residential fires (U.S. Fire Administration). According to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) 35% of electrical fatalities occur in private residences, with 15% of electrical fires starting in bedrooms. Factors contributing to the ignition of residential electrical fires include electrical malfunction (43%), an unspecified short-circuit arc (23%) and a short-circuit arc from defective, worn insulation (11%). That’s why we encourage you to consider Square D safety switches and electrical products for future jobs and projects.
We know that over the past couple of months, electrical demand and work from businesses and industry have significantly decreased due to social distancing. We are also aware that because more people have been forced to work from home, there has been a significant increase in energy consumption and demand on many residential electrical systems. Increased use of appliances, entertainment systems, wi-fi and broadband technology has put a strain on systems in homes that weren’t originally designed to meet that kind of electrical overload.
Now may be a good time to reach out to residential customers and suggest they have an electrical system audit done to be sure their home is able to handle the increased electrical demand and that there aren’t any underlying safety issues that could cause potential shock, fire or serious problems for homeowners down the road.
This has been a challenging time for us all. But rest assured, we are here for you. Let us know what we can to do to help.