The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) estimates that over 400 people suffer electrocution in U.S. households each year. Nearly half of these accidents occur when a common household item either has an electrical defect or is used improperly because its owners did not have the information they needed to protect themselves against electrocution. In the workplace, about 4,000 people are electrocuted annually, often for the same reasons: because tools contain a hidden defect or did not come with adequate warnings or instructions.
Defective electrical products also cause as many as 140,000 household and workplace fires each year, which can cause serious injuries and millions of dollars in property damage.
To improve your electrical safety knowledge and protect yourself, your family and coworkers, and your property from serious harm, keep these tips from the National Safety Council in mind:
- Always read the instructions that come with any electrical appliance. Follow these instructions carefully. They often provide useful insight into safety hazards.
- Never use equipment that you suspect is damaged. Replace it or have it repaired by a qualified technician at an authorized repair center.
- Double-check the specifications on power strips, extension cords, and surge suppressors to make sure they can handle the electrical load they will be expected to carry. Appliances like dryers, refrigerators, and air conditioners often draw more power than smaller items, like lamps or radios. Make sure your household’s wiring and electrical equipment can cope.
If you or someone you love has been injured by a defective electrical product, talking to an experienced product liability lawyer at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP in the Dallas-Fort Worth area to help you learn more about your legal rights and options. Call (214) 231-0555 today.