|Accident Survivor Urges Electrical Safety During Fire Prevention Week|
For Release: October 8, 2012
Contact: Kyla Kruse, 217-546-6815
Safe Electricity Recommends Keeping Your Home Safe with AFCIs
(SPRINGFIELD, ILL.)—Electrical problems in the home cause hundreds of deaths and thousands of injuries each year, not to mention roughly a billion dollars in fire property loss. The Safe Electricity program encourages you to observe Fire Prevention Week, October 7-13, by learning how to keep your home safe and prevent electrical fires.
Before Paige Koeppel had a close encounter with electricity, she never gave electricity a second thought. She is now a college student with a bright future and is sharing her experience to help educate others.
When Paige was 12 years old, she was drawing a bath and grabbed the metal towel rack to steady herself. Paige's parents found her on the opposite end of the bathroom holding the towel rack. Her father immediately turned off power to the house, and they took Paige to the hospital. Fortunately, Paige was okay. The level of electricity in the house easily could have stopped her heart or caused severe burns. Paige's entire body was sore for days, and she experienced weakness in her arm for around a year.
How did this accident happen? When an electrician opened up the bathroom wall, he found the cause. A screw in the towel rack was in contact with an electrical wire. Over time, the insulation in the wire wore down, and the screw and towel rack were charged with electric energy.
When electricity flows out of the path set for it by wires, it is known as an arc fault. This situation can also cause fires and contributes to approximately 26,000 electrical fires in the United States every year.
Safe Electricity the following advice to help you protect yourself and your loved ones from arc faults and prevent electrical fires:
For more electrical safety information, visit SafeElectricity.org.
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The Energy Education Council is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to promoting electrical safety and energy efficiency. Established in 1952, the Council is headquartered within the University of Illinois Extension, and serves as a forum for diverse utility and energy organizations to collaborate on the mutually vital issues of efficiency and safety. Learn more at www.EnergyEdCouncil.org.