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WHEREAS, Virginia recognizes the vital role that electrical safety awareness plays in keeping our residents safe and preventing injuries; and
WHEREAS, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured each year in the United States as a result of electronically-related incidents; and
WHEREAS, property damage resulting from home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction amounts to more than $1.4 billion annually; and
WHEREAS, the Electrical Safety Foundation International is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school, and workplace through education, awareness, and advocacy; and
WHEREAS, National Electrical Safety Month is an initiative designed to promote electrical safety and encourage Virginians to take precautions such as updating technology, such as smoke alarms, and engaging in frequent inspections for possible electrical hazards; and
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Ralph S. Northam, do hereby recognize May 2021 as NATIONAL ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.