Safe Communities America

Unintentional injuries are the 5th leading cause of death in the United States and the majority of these deaths, 48%, occur in the home. Safe Communities America is a proven approach to reducing injuries and deaths by bringing together partners to tackle safety issues affecting their community.

  • Safe Communities America Works

    A recent NSC study shows that most Safe Communities included in this study had significantly lower fatal injury rates than comparable counties – a 10% average reduction for both intentional and unintentional injuries.  Based on extensive worldwide research, modest improvements in community safety produce significant economic and social benefits.

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  • A Safe Community


    • Prioritizes safety where people live, work and play.
    • Delivers local solutions for local concerns through a community-based coalition.
    • Partners with every sector of the community including, but not limited to, local businesses, schools, healthcare, government, emergency services, police, fire, park districts, and local residents.
    • Is an accreditation awarded to communities demonstrating leadership in promoting safety, reducing injuries, and preparing their citizens for natural and man-made disasters.
  • ​Safe Communities America encourages and supports communities aspiring to receive a Safe Community accreditation. Structure is provided through encouraging communities to use the Safe Communities model, administrative support for those seeking international and national accreditation and expertise in injury prevention in an effort to make communities in the United States safer places to live, work and play. The goal of Safe Communities America is to grow and sustain a vibrant, engaged network of safe communities to reduce injuries and deaths at the community level.

  • Contact Us

    ​Safe Communities America
    National Safety Council
    1121 Spring Lake Drive
    Itasca, Illinois 60143

Safe Communities America 2014 Annual Report

In this report, you will learn about our successes over the past year and the impact Safe Communities has had at the local level.

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Making America Safer

Find out how Safe Communities America works in our new infographic.

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