February 5, 2017: TV, Furniture and Appliance Tip Over Prevention Awareness Day

WHEREAS, every year there are thousands of injuries annually in the U.S. to children ages 17 and under from TV tip-overs, furniture tip-overs and appliance tip-overs; and,

WHEREAS, families can eliminate the danger of furniture, TV and appliance tip overs by rearranging furniture, installing simple safety devices such as braces, wall mounting straps to secure heavy furniture and TVs, and recycling old and unused TVs and appliances right away; and,

WHEREAS, the Injury and Violence Prevention Unit of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services can direct parents and caregivers to more information to help them make their homes safe; and,

WHEREAS, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services will continue its efforts with community based Safe Kids coalitions and Safe Kids Worldwide to raise awareness of preventing furniture, appliance and TV tip overs;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 5, 2017 as TV, furniture and Appliance Tip Over Prevention Awareness Day in Michigan.