(BRPROUD) — The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is raising awareness about electrical hazards at home.

May is National Electrical Safety Month, and NFPA says this year’s theme is “Energy Resilience.” The theme focuses on “how emerging technology, including photovoltaics, electric vehicles, and energy storage systems, can provide energy resilience to homes and businesses and help communities adapt to these changes safely.”

“In today’s world, technological advancements are found in many areas of our lives,” said Lorraine Carli, NFPA vice president of Outreach and Advocacy. “While there are efficiency and green benefits associated with alternative energy sources, not everyone is aware of the fire and electrical hazards associated with them. National Electrical Safety Month helps educate people about these new technologies and the risks they pose to structures, occupants, and first responders.”

According to NFPA, an estimated average of 46,700 home fires involving electrical failure or malfunction occurred each year from 2015 to 2019.

Electrical safety tips from NFPA:

  • Have all electrical work done by a qualified electrician to ensure a home’s electrical system is installed to meet local codes and can accommodate additional loads imposed from charging electric vehicles.
  • Use surge protective devices to help guard against voltage surges that may occur during power shut-offs and restarts, negatively impacting electronics and other sensitive equipment in the home office.
  • Perform regular testing of ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCI) and breakers, based on manufacturers instruction, to ensure systems operate safety and efficiently.