May is National Electrical Safety Month

Electrical Safetey MonthMay is National Electrical Safety Month! It’s the time of year that we raise awareness on how to avoid potential electrical hazards. Many electrocutions and home fires can be prevented simply by understanding basic electrical safety principles and adhering to safe practices. According to Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), an estimated 35,000 home fires, over 1,130 injuries, 500 deaths, and $1.4 billion in property damage occurs each year as a result of electrical malfunctions.

Whether you are a homeowner or a renter, electrical safety should be a top priority in your home. Awareness of electrical hazards is the key to reducing the staggering number of electrically-related home fires, injuries and deaths that occur every year.

Safety Tips:

Resources like ESFI and the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) offer great advice for simple electrical safety practices.

  • Check electric cords for fraying or cracking. Replace cords that may be damaged, and don’t overload electric outlets.
  • Remember extension cords are intended to be temporary; they are not intended as permanent household wiring.
  • Don’t run cords under carpets or rugs and don’t tack or nail cords to walls or floors.
  • Keep electric appliances and tools away from water. Never reach for or unplug an appliance that has fallen into water; instead, turn the power off at the breaker before you unplug the appliance or remove it from the water.
  • Never put anything other than an electrical plug in an outlet. Use outlet covers or caps to protect children.
  • Keep your home’s electrical system in good repair. Contact a licensed electrical contractor if you have flickering lights, sparks, non-functioning outlets, or need wiring repairs or upgrades.

Following these suggestions, you and your family will find it’s easy to avoid electrically related fires, fatalities, injuries and damage. Whether you have questions about your current electrical system, need a home inspection, repairs or an upgrade, you can “Get it Done Right. Get it Done Safely” at Mister Sparky.

ESFI Resources:

Home Safety Checklists

Electrical Safety Videos

Electrical Safety for Homeowners and Consumers



Groton Utilities kicks off Drinking Water Week by celebrating tap water being “There When You Need It”

drinking water week logoGroton, CT – Groton Utilities and partners throughout North America kicked off Drinking Water Week celebrations on May 1st by showcasing the different ways tap water is “There When You Need It.” Drinking Water Week is May 1-7 this year.

Groton Utilities is observing Drinking Water Week by recognizing the vital role tap water plays in daily life, the infrastructure that is required to carry it to and from homes and businesses, and the critical work that water professionals accomplish around the clock to ensure the delivery of quality tap water.

“Tap water plays an integral role in meeting our daily health, hygiene and hydration needs,” said American Water Works Association CEO David LaFrance. “Water sector professionals, the infrastructure they work to design, create and maintain and the treatment process all work in harmony to ensure safe tap water is ‘There When You Need It.’”

Groton Utilities recently completed the construction of a $54 million state-of-the-art water filtration plant. The new plant, which can process 12 million gallons of water per day, ensures that our customers will have access to the cleanest and healthiest water possible for decades to come.

To commemorate the week, water utilities, water organizations, government entities, environmental advocates, schools and others throughout North America and beyond are encouraging consumers to learn more about the importance of water services and water infrastructure, especially in times of crisis.

About Drinking Water Week:

For several decades, AWWA and its members have celebrated Drinking Water Week, a unique opportunity for both water professionals and the communities they serve to join together in recognizing the vital role water plays in daily lives. Free materials for download and additional information about Drinking Water Week are available on the Drinking Water Week webpage.

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New water treatment plant at Groton Utilities