February 1, 2015: Furniture Appliance and TV Tip-Over Prevention Awareness Day

WHEREAS, it is estimated that more than 7 percent of Michigan citizens ─ 696 thousand people ─ are 5 years of age or younger; and,

WHEREAS, 7 out of 10 children injured by TV tip-overs are 5 years old or younger; and,

WHEREAS, nationally there has been a 31 percent increase in TV tip-over related injuries between 2002 and 2011; and,

WHEREAS, an estimated $8.3 million is spent each year nationally in medical costs to treat children aged 19 and under in emergency departments from television tip-overs; and,

WHEREAS, direct costs do not account for the long-term effects of these injuries such as on-going medical support, disability, dependence on others, eventual lost wages, and reduced quality of life; and,

WHEREAS, between 2000-2010 on average, a child died every three weeks in America from a television tipping; and,

WHEREAS, nationally, a child is sent to an emergency department every 45 minutes from a TV tip-over; and,

WHEREAS, between 2008 and 2010, there were an estimated 25,300 injuries annually in the U.S. to children age 17 and under from TV tip-overs, furniture tip-overs and appliance tip-overs; and,

WHEREAS, these incidents are silent as the child bears the impact of the falling object and crash noises are often minimized; children do not have the strength, agility or speed to avoid harm when a heavier object tips toward them; and,

WHEREAS, injuries from furniture, appliance and TV tip-overs are preventable and families can eliminate dangers by re-arranging furniture, installing simple safety devices such as braces and wall-mounting straps to secure heavy furniture and TVs, recycle old and unused TVs and appliances; and,

WHEREAS, on this day, we join with the Injury and Violence Prevention Section of the Michigan Department of Community Health and with community-based Safe Kids Coalitions and Safe Kids Worldwide to raise awareness of preventing furniture, appliance and TV tip-overs, and to educate parents and caregivers on ways to help them make their homes safe;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim February 1, 2015 as Furniture, Appliance, and TV Tip-Over Prevention Awareness Day in Michigan.