May, 2014: Electrical Safety Month

WHEREAS, hundreds of people die and thousands are injured each year in the United States as a result of electricity-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, more than six people are electrocuted each week in the United States; 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 and tamper resistant receptacles; and

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

WHEREAS, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) is dedicated exclusively to promoting electrical safety in the home, school and workplace through education, awareness and advocacy;

WHEREAS, we encourage all citizens to observe the importance of establishing and practicing electrical safety habits in the home, school and workplace to reduce the number of electrically-related fires, injuries and deaths.

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2014 as Electrical Safety Month in the state of Michigan.