May is Electrical Safety Month

FLINT TWP. — Fire Chief Thomas Stadler presented a proclamation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder proclaiming May as Electrical Safety Month.

It states that the main causes of electrical residential fires in Michigan last year were related to heat from powered and operating equipment that lead to 4,343 reported fires; 9 civilian deaths, 91 civilian injuries and 29 fire fighter injuries related to electrical home structure fires in Michigan in 2017.

Total dollar loss resulting from those home fires caused by electrical failure or malfunction was more than $72.7 million, according to the proclamation.

Citizens are encouraged to inspect their homes and workplaces for possible electrical hazard and to follow basic electrical safety precautions that can help prevent injury or death.

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. They also are urged to install, test and properly maintain an adequate number of smoke alarms in the home or business. — Rhonda Sanders

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