History - National Safety Council

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Who Was Our Safest President?

The National Safety Council was founded in 1913 and quickly developed the mission of eliminating preventable deaths in the workplace, on the road, and in homes and communities. In recognition of Presidents’ Day, the Council took a look at six U.S. leaders who were seated after the organization’s founding and asked: Under which 20th century president was the U.S. made safest from preventable deaths and injuries?

Here is more information about each candidate and a few safety measures passed during each presidency.

NSC Historical Public Service Announcements

Don't you miss the good ol' days? While it might seem a calmer and simpler time, it was actually much more hazardous back then. Remember before seat belts were standard? When most homes were painted with lead and playgrounds were basically death traps? Oh, and you could smoke in hospitals, restaurants – anywhere!

The National Safety Council has been here through it all, keeping you safer for more than 100 years.

We hope these old-timey NSC public service announcements make you smile. Just look at all the famous people sharing our safety messages! Just remember, these videos are presented as historical content for entertainment and review purposes only. NSC makes no guarantee and assumes no responsibility for the correctness or completeness of information or recommendations contained in them.

A Lot of Crazies Out There, Vern

Follow the Rules of the Water

Poison-proof Your Medicine Cabinet

Ernest on Safety Belts

Willie Tyler and Lester on Driving

Smothers Brothers Jump a Battery

Teaching Safety to Future Generations

See if you can Spot Penny Marshall

Mandan: Seat Belts are Important

Shamu says, Be Safe Around Water

Andretti: Pros Don't Take Chances