According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the trend of deaths by electrocution from consumer products is downward from 480 in 1981 to 250 in 1991 (the most recent years for which data are available). This constitutes a reduction of 48%.
Electrical Fire Consequences
Estimated deaths from residential electrical fires run close to 700 annually and 6,790 injuries. In addition, CPSC estimates that several thousand injuries from electrical shocks and burns occur annually. Property damages due to electrical fires amount to over $1.2 billion each year. The consumer products involved in these deaths and injuries are the same kinds of electrical appliances and wiring systems common to households across the country.