May is National Electrical Safety Month

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National Electrical Safety Month, supported by the Electrical Safety Foundation International, is dedicated to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace. You can help reduce the number of electrically-related fires, fatalities, and injuries by taking the right steps towards safety.

Each year, electrical failures are the cause of 43,900 home fires in the U.S., which result in 438 deaths, 1,430 injuries and $1.47 billion in property damage! Fire is not the only concern – every year nearly 400 people are electrocuted. Here are some basic electrical safety tips for consumers and homeowners:

  1. Understand Your Electrical System: By understanding the basics of how your electricity works around your home and how is it distributed, you can keep the system maintained safely. Electricity enters your home through a service head from a series of outdoor power lines or an underground connection. A typical service head consists of two 120-volt wires and one neutral wire that deliver power to lights and appliances around the home. Get more information on this topic.
  2. Identify and Correct Electrical Hazards in Your Home with a Home Safety Checklist: Just as regular wellness checkups are critical for maintaining your health, routine safety checkups are critical for the safety of your home. Get the checklist here.
  3. DIY Electrical Projects: Consider the following safety tips before undertaking any home electrical project:
    1. Learn about your home electrical system
    2. Never attempt a project beyond your skill level
    3. Always turn off the power to the circuit you plan to work on
    4. Test the wires before you touch them
    5. Never tough plumbing or gas pipes when performing a DIY electrical project
    6. Learn About Emerging Residential Technologies: Learn about some of the latest advances in residential electrical technologies.

Learn more about Electrical Safety Month by visiting the Electrical Safety Foundation International Website.

 

Dear friends and clients,

In furtherance of our firms culture of commitment to always act with compassion, concern and commitment to our clients, community and colleagues, we have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligations while prioritizing health, wellness and safety of all we can. 

As you know, the COVID-19 pandemic has introduced changes to many lives and businesses in our communities, and around the world. We, much like our neighbors and friends, have been taking precautions to ensure that we are still fulfilling our ethical and moral obligation to our clients, while also prioritizing the health, wellness and safety of our employees.

Until further notice, our offices will be closed to the public to encourage social distancing and to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Our team is still hard at work, many from home, and you may still call, email, live chat or video conference us if you or a loved one is seeking legal assistance. As the first law firm to offer our clients secure online access to their case file more than a decade ago, we have always been believers in using technology to make life easier and information more accessible. In these present times it has been a smooth transition for us to continue to offer our clients the same seamless and thorough service that you deserve and are accustomed to.

This pandemic is unlike anything any of us have faced in our lifetimes, and while we can continue to emotionally support one another through it all, staying home and keeping your distance is vital to the health and wellness of our communities. It does not feel good to break routines, cancel events and retreat from our normal, day-to-day socializing, but let us remember that, in times of strife, prior generations were asked to go to war and we are simply being asked to stay home. Your isolation equals more lives saved, and more time for medical providers to prepare for the treatment of patients battling COVID-19.

When the dust settles, we will join together with a greater appreciation for our lives, local businesses, loved ones and health. Until then, we will continue to offer guidance from a safe distance.

Very truly yours,

Andrew G. Finkelstein and the staff of Jacoby & Meyers, LLP