Electrical Safety in Older Buildings

Workplace injuries and fatalities related to electricity totaled over 2,060 in 2019 according to the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). Last week, we discussed the organization’s tips including overtaxed wiring prevention, extension cord safety, and ground-fault circuit interrupter usage.

The EFSI has two additional tips regarding older electrical equipment and buildings.

Replace Older Electrical Equipment: Older electrical equipment, particularly items not certified by Underwriters Laboratories or another independent testing organization, should be replaced with current versions.

Inspect Older Buildings: Whether in a commercial building or residential structure, electrical systems installed prior to 1970 are insufficient for the electrical demands of today’s world. Electrical systems in older buildings should be inspected and updated by a licensed and insured electrician.

Check out the e-Risk Management newsletter archive for more tips.

Make it a safe day!

Mike Schofield
President & CEO

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