CPSC offers free home electrical safety kit

CPSC offers free home electrical safety kit

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is offering community groups its Home Electrical Safety Kit without charge. The kit contains the CPSC`s new “Wired for Safety” video that features information on fire prevention; an interview with fire victims, a fire chief, and an electrical expert; dramatic footage of home fires; general information on the CPSC`s Home Electrical System Fires Project, “Guide to Home Wiring Hazards”; and a list of potential partners for community education projects.

According to the CPSC, faulty electrical equipment has been involved in fires that have claimed an average of nearly 400 lives each year for the past 10 years.

The objective of this initiative, according to CPSC Chairman Ann Brown, is to have community groups, professionals, and local officials use the kit as part of fire prevention activities so that ultimately lives will be saved. The kit may be obtained by writing to “Home Electrical Safety Kit,” CPSC, Public Affairs Office, Washington, DC 20207.

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