May 2016: Electrical Safety Month

WHEREAS, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured each year in the United States as a result of electrically-related incidents; and,

WHEREAS, on average, there are 418 civilian deaths related to electrical home structure fires each year; and,

WHEREAS, property damage resulting from home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction amounts to more than $1.4 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, more than six people are electrocuted each week in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, following basic electrical safety precautions can help prevent thousands of people from being injured or killed each year; and,

WHEREAS, citizens are encouraged to inspect their homes and workplaces for possible electrical hazards; and,

WHEREAS, citizens are advised to protect their homes and families with the latest safety technology, such as ground fault circuit interrupters, arc fault circuit interrupters and tamper resistant receptacles; and,

WHEREAS, citizens are urged to install, test and properly maintain an adequate number of smoke alarms; and,

WHEREAS, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace through education, awareness and advocacy;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2016 as Electrical Safety Month in Michigan.