May 2017: Water Safety Month

WHEREAS, residents of Michigan recognize the vital role that swimming and aquatic-related activities play in physical and mental health as well as the fact that they enhance the quality of life for all people; and,

WHEREAS, water safety education plays an essential role in preventing drownings and recreational water-related injuries; and,

WHEREAS, the residents of Michigan are aware of the contributions made by the recreational water industry, as represented by the organizations involved in the National Water Safety Month Coalition in developing safe swimming facilities, aquatic programs, home pools and spas, and related activities. They provide healthy places to recreate, learn and grow, build self-esteem, confidence and a sense of self-worth which contributes to the quality of life in our community; and,

WHEREAS, there are ongoing efforts and commitments to educate the public on pool and spa safety issues and initiatives by the pool, spa, waterpark, recreation and parks industries; and,

WHEREAS, it is extremely important to communicate water safety rules and programs to families and individuals of all ages, whether they are owners of private pools or users of public aquatic facilities;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2017 as Water Safety Month in Michigan.