Bethesda, MD, Electrician, Meyer Electrical
Written by Walt Meyer

ESFI Electrical Safety Tips for Your Home

Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is the most respected non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety in homes and workplaces. ESFI research found that people can prevent electric shocks and home fires by improving their basic electrical safety knowledge. ESFI provides various resources for the education of consumers, homeowners, the elderly, and children.


Whether you are a tenant or a landlord, electrical safety should be prioritized. Being aware of electrical hazards will result in a significant reduction in the many fires, injuries and deaths associated with electricity. Always contact an experienced and licensed electrician to conduct a security inspection of your house to protect your family.


ESFI Information and Resources


The following is a list of the information and resources by topic provided by the ESFI regarding the safer use of electricity and electrical products.


Do-It-Yourself Electrical Safety – The ESFI gives safety tips to those who are thinking about performing DIY electrical projects at home. 


Electrical Overload Prevention – One of the main causes of deadly home fires are overloaded electrical systems.


ESFI Safety Videos – The ESFI video library contains a great variety of videos illustrating important home electrical safety concepts. Numerous videos are in Spanish. 


Extension Cord Usage – When used improperly, extension cords can overheat and start a fire. According to research, about 3,300 residential fires a year are started by misused or damaged extension cords, causing injuries to 270 people and fatalities to 50 others.


Home Safety Checklists – For increasing home safety, use ESFI’s easy-to-follow checklists. They provide simple ways for spotting and correcting home electrical and fire hazards.


Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors – When detectors are installed and functioning properly, they can save lives when there is a home fire or gas leakage. People should also plan how to safely escape during an emergency.


Virtual Home – The interactive virtual home tour is an ESFI visual tutorial covering your home’s electrical system. It also has important tips on how to use common electrical devices safely. 


Electrical Services You Can Trust


Founded in 1991 and serving Maryland, Virginia, and D.C., where we are licensed and insured, Meyer Electrical Services provides home and commercial electrical services you can trust, including:


  • Standby Generator Installation
  • Panel Upgrades (Heavy-Ups)
  • Electrical Vehicle Charging Stations
  • Structured Cabling
  • Circuit Breaker Replacement


Based in Bethesda, our team proudly serves all of Montgomery County. Receive a free consultation for custom electrical work today by calling (301) 941-1400.