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About Us

Safe Communities America, a program of the National Safety Council, encourages and supports communities aspiring to receive a Safe Community accreditation. We work with local communities to prevent needless deaths and disabling injuries.
 
We provide:
  • structure through encouraging communities to use the Safe Communities model
  • administrative support for those seeking international and national accreditation
  • expertise in injury prevention in an effort to make our communities safer places to live, work and play

We are the Accrediting body for the National Program and an International Safe Communities Support Center through World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Center on Community Safety Promotion.

The Problem

Americans today are safer at work or in their cars than at home. In the past 15 years, injury deaths on U.S. highways declined 17%. Injury-related deaths occurring while at work declined 16%. However, injury deaths in home and community settings increased 30%. More than 64,000 Americans lost their lives from injury occurring while at home, at play or in a public setting.

The cost of unintentional injuries in the United States is immense – $701.9 billion in 2008, or about $2,300 for every person. Medical expenses, wage and productivity loss, and property damage all contribute to this staggering number, which is compounded by the enormous toll that pain and suffering inflicts on individuals, their families and their communities.

Are Safe Communities really safer? 

Yes. A recent analysis of data from Safe Communities America members revealed that Safe Communities experienced significantly lower fatal injury rates when compared to similar counties in their localities - 10% average reduction for both intentional and unintentional injury areas. As the Safe Communities America program gains momentum, it will be exciting to see how new members continue to strive for safer communities and build on their successes.

Get Your Community Involved

Whether you represent a community safety organization, a business or are interested in safety because you want your community to be a safer place for you and your family to live, you can make a difference. For more information on becoming an International Safe Community, please contact us at scainfo@nsc.org.  

 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Safety Council Chapter Network 

National Safety Council Chapters can be a valuable resource to assist designated safe communities and communities that are just beginning this process. This network conducts safety, health and environmental efforts at the community level. Trainings, workshops, consultation services and networking opportunities with other safety professionals can be available.
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
   
 
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