Electrical Safety Month

By the Governor of Alabama
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 418 civilian deaths related to electrical home structure fires each year; 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, 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 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:
NOW, THEREFORE, I, Kay Ivey, Governor of Alabama, do hereby proclaim the month of May, 2017, as
Electrical Safety Month
in the State of Alabama and 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.
Given Under My Hand and the Great Seal of the Office of the Governor at the State Capitol in the City of Montgomery on the 1st day of May 2017.
Kay Ivey