May, 2014: Water Safety Month

WHEREAS, citizens of Michigan recognize the vital role that swimming and aquatic-related activities play towards promoting physical and mental health and enhancing the quality of life for all people; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Michigan understand the essential role that education regarding the topic of Water Safety plays in preventing drowning and recreational water-related injuries; and

WHEREAS, Michigan is 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 providing healthy places to recreate, learn and grow, build self-esteem, confidence and sense of self-worth which contributes to the quality of life in our community; and

WHEREAS, the citizens of Michigan recognize the 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, the citizens of Michigan understand the vital importance of communicating Water Safety rules and programs to families and individuals of all ages, whether owners of private pools, users of public swimming facilities, or visitors to waterparks;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan do hereby proclaim May, 2014 Water Safety Month in Michigan.