Very little was known about electricity until the 18th century when founding father Benjamin Franklin conducted the famous “kite and key” experiment to show the relationship between lighting and electricity. Shortly afterward, the light bulb was patented and perfected by Thomas Edison in 1879 and electricity has made modern life easier by powering our homes, electronics, appliances, and entertainment ever since. However, without proper safety and handling, the convenience of electricity can also destroy homes, neighborhoods, and even lives. Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) states, “Home electrical fires account for an estimated 51,000 fires each year, nearly 500 deaths, more than 1,400 injuries, and $1.3 billion in property damage.” May 1st kicks off National Electrical Safety Month intended to reduce the number of electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss. Safeelectricity.org offers great tips and resources on how to avoid electrical fires in the home. It’s important to visually monitor outlets, plugs, and cords for damage or malfunction. ESFI states, “While electrical hazards are not the leading cause of on-the-job injuries and accidents, they are disproportionately fatal and costly.” The National Electrical Code (NEC), OSHA, and the National Fire Protection Agency are all great industry standards and codes to follow to provide an electrically fire-safe work environment for employees. Esafety.com offers 10 quick tips for electrical safety in the workplace. Every business and homeowner should know that when the firetruck leaves, your home or business has likely suffered from extensive fire, smoke, and possible water damage. The certified fire restoration specialists and water damage restoration technicians employed at SERVPRO of South Durham have specialized equipment, the expertise, and the response time required to get your home or business back to preloss condition. Our professionals also understand that commercial fire losses present a unique set of problems for large businesses. Whether your fire emergency occurs in a restaurant, motel, or office building, SERVPRO of South Durham is your one-stop shop for cleaning, restoration, and construction. Our commercial fire restoration services include inspection and estimating, mitigation, restoration, and reconstruction. Remember, our goal in any residential or commercial loss is to leave the client feeling completely satisfied and “like it never even happened!”
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