Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council’s Safe Communities America program will welcome Arlington Heights, IL, into the International Safe Community network on Dec. 6. This designation recognizes the community’s efforts in addressing the leading safety concerns facing its residents and business owners. Arlington Heights is now better positioned to prevent injuries and deaths through a collaborative approach. The designation ceremony will be at 8:00 p.m. at the Arlington Heights Village Board meeting held at Village Hall, 33 S. Arlington Heights Road. The meeting is open to the public.
“Protecting our community, its businesses and its residents is critical to making Arlington Heights a great place to live, work and play. This designation demonstrates our collective commitment to safety and injury prevention,” said Victor Tamosaitis, public education officer of the Arlington Heights Fire Department and chair of the Arlington Heights Safe Communities America coalition.
Referencing Arlington Heights-specific injury data, the task force is working to develop and improve programs to cover all identified risk areas. Community representatives – including local businesses, the fire protection district, park district, law enforcement, public health organizations and schools – came together to develop the safety plan, which has been certified by the World Health Organization’s Collaborating Center for Community Safety Promotion.
Arlington Heights was awarded the International Safe Community designation based on six criteria:
- A cross-sectional partnership responsible for the promotion of community safety
- Long-term sustainable programs for all genders, ages, environments and situations
- Programs targeting high-risk groups and environments
- Programs documenting the frequency and causes of injuries
- Evaluation measures to assess programs and the effects of change
- Ongoing participation in national and international Safe Communities networks
“We have been very impressed with the way organizations and businesses in Arlington Heights are working together to protect residents. As a result of this multifaceted effort, Arlington Heights is preventing injuries and saving lives,” National Safety Council President and CEO Janet Froetscher said.
Arlington Heights is the 225th community in the world, 14th community in the United States and third in Illinois to become an International Safe Community. Itasca and New Lenox are the two previously designated Safe Communities in Illinois. For more information, please visit www.safecommunitiesamerica.org, or view the Arlington Heights Safe Communities America application.
The National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) saves lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the roads through leadership, research, education and advocacy.