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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, 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 430 civilian deaths related to electrical home fires each year; and,

WHEREAS, property damage resulting from home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction amounts to more than $1.3 billion annually; and,

WHEREAS, 6.4 workplace injuries occur daily in the United States from electricity 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 electrical safety month, citizens are encouraged to consider education, awareness and advocacy in the home, school and workplace in order to promote electrical safety;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Glenn Youngkin, do hereby recognize May 2022 as ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of our citizens.