May 2018: Electrical Safety Month

WHEREAS, the main causes of electrical residential fires in Michigan last year were related to heat from powered and operating equipment that lead to 4,343 reported fires; and,

WHEREAS, there were 9 civilian deaths, 91 civilian injuries and 29 fire fighter injuries related to electrical home structure fires in Michigan in 2017; and,

WHEREAS, the total dollar loss resulting from those home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction was more than $72.7 million; and,

WHEREAS, following basic electrical safety precautions can help prevent Michiganders 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;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2018 as Electrical Safety Month in Michigan.