2017 Electrical Safety Month

5/1/2017

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 2015, there were 2,291 civilian deaths related to structure fires causes by electrical distribution, appliances and equipment, and heating and air conditioning systems; and 

WHEREAS, more than $10.3 billion was lost in 2015 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, Terence R. McAuliffe, do hereby recognize May 2017 as ELECTRICAL SAFETY MONTH in our COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA, and I call this observance to the attention of all our citizens.

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