Most cases of injury or death associated with electricity occur within or around the home. Approximately 2,400 children each year suffer severe electrical shock and burns. Additionally, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) reports that an annual average of 70,000 residential fires are caused by problems with electrical wiring systems, appliances, clothes dryers, or air conditioning, causing $868 million in property damage.

Precautions you can take to stay safe around electricity are listed below. For more information on electrical safety, visit NFPA on the Web.