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Itasca, IL – Mt. Lebanon, Pa., submitted a letter of intent to become an accredited Safe Community through the Safe Communities America program managed by the National Safety Council. If approved, Mt. Lebanon would join 27 communities that have been recognized in the U.S. with such a distinction.
"Prioritizing safety begins at the local level, because it is within our own communities that we can affect the most immediate change," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America. "The Safe Communities approach is working. In fact, after 10 years of rising injury rates in one Safe Community, the decision to seek accreditation was followed by a two-year decline in injury hospitalizations. We look forward to working with Mt. Lebanon as they tackle the safety issues affecting their community."
Accreditation is awarded to communities that demonstrate an ongoing commitment to save lives and prevent injuries through innovative and proven strategies. Last fall, Mt. Lebanon formed a coalition to examine local injury data so that city leaders are able identify the biggest threats to residents' well-being and safety. Knowing the risks facing residents helps stakeholders develop plans to reduce harm. The leading causes of preventable death in most communities and nationwide are poisonings – largely from prescription opioids – motor vehicle crashes and falls.
"It is very exciting to assist the wonderful community that I have lived in for over 20 years with the Safe Communities designation process," said Teresa Cole, region safety manager at First Student and a 2013 recipient of the Distinguished Service to Safety Award from the National Safety Council – the highest safety honor given to an individual.
For more information and resources, visit Safe Communities America.
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Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
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