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By virtue of the authority vested by the Constitution of Virginia in the Governor of the Commonwealth of Virginia, there is hereby officially recognized:

Electrical Safety Month

WHEREAS, electrical safety is essential for protecting homes, businesses, and other structures, and electrical safety training saves lives; and

WHEREAS, hundreds of people die, and thousands are injured each year in the United States due to electrically related incidents; and

WHEREAS, on average, there are 390 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, an average of two electrically related deaths occurs in the United States daily from electrically related incidents; 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, surge protective devices, and tamper resistant receptacles; and

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

WHEREAS, during National Electrical Safety Month, citizens are encouraged to consider education, awareness, and advocacy in the home, school, and workplace to promote electrical safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 2024, as ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.