WHEREAS, National Electrical Safety Month is observed each May to educate citizens about the steps to prevent electrically-related fires, fatalities, injuries, and property loss; and
WHEREAS, in 2016, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated 1,342,000 fires. These fires caused 3,390 civilian deaths and 14,650 civilian injuries; and
WHEREAS, more than $10.6 billion was lost in 2016 to property damage due to home fires caused by electrical distribution, appliances and equipment, and heating and air conditioning systems; and
WHEREAS, following basic electrical safety precautions can help prevent many injuries and death; and
WHEREAS, Virginians are encouraged to check their home and workplace for possible electrical hazards; and
WHEREAS, citizens are encouraged to test their smoke detectors, ground fault circuit interrupters, and arc fault circuit interrupters monthly and after every major electrical storm; and
WHEREAS, the Virginia Chapter of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors actively works to reduce the number of electrical injuries and deaths from electrical hazards in the Commonwealth;
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2018 as ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.