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Itasca, IL – Today, the National Safety Council is calling on all Americans to observe the inaugural Safe Communities America Day by identifying the biggest threats to their immediate safety and taking steps to reduce risks. The charge is led by Safe Communities America, a network managed by NSC, and the Dallas Safe Communities Coalition, which was formed in 1996 when Dallas became the nation's first-ever designated Safe Community.
NSC officially designated Oct. 5 as Safe Communities America Day during an announcement in Dallas on Wednesday.
"Someone dies every four minutes because of an injury we know how to prevent," said Carrie Nie, director of Safe Communities America at NSC. "Eliminating these deaths takes coordinated efforts not just within our communities, but within our own homes. We hope Americans will use Safe Communities America Day each year as a time to look at their own environments, assess risk and make life-saving changes."
Preventable injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in the United States, killing more than 134,000 people each year. The data have spurred 19 different communities to become accredited Safe Communities – a distinction given to cities, universities or regions that take proven steps toward protecting and improving the lives of residents.
For example, the efforts of the Dallas Safe Communities Coalition have led to significant reductions in the rates of motor vehicle and fire-related fatalities. The Coalition has installed more than 34,000 smoke alarms and 21,000 car seats to families in need, and repaired more than 550 older adults' homes to prevent falls.
Individuals play a key role in keeping their communities safe, too. NSC encourages Americans to:
For more information about Safe Communities America, please visit safecommunitiesamerica.org.
About the National Safety Council Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council 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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