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Itasca, IL – Preventable, accidental injuries are the third leading cause of death for the first time in United States history, and children, sadly, are not immune. National Safety Council data analysis released this month on Injury Facts show more than 2,000 children younger than 4 are killed each year accidentally. The five leading causes of these deaths – suffocation, motor vehicle crashes, drowning, fires and choking – may be top of mind for parents, but may not enter the national conversation as frequently as they should.
Because of the alarming upward trend in preventable deaths, NSC is placing a particular emphasis on young child safety and parent education during National Safety Month, observed each June.
“In order to end preventable deaths in our lifetime, our work must begin at birth,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah A.P. Hersman. “Protecting our children is a down payment on our future. This National Safety Month, I hope all new parents will consider the data and take simple steps to ensure No One Gets Hurt – especially our most precious citizens.”
The National Safety Council encourages parents to use National Safety Month as a reminder to prioritize safety. Critical information includes:
NSC developed tip sheets for each of the five greatest safety hazards facing children age 4 and younger. Parents and caregivers are urged to download the materials and assess their own homes, habits and practices by visiting nsc.org/toprisksforkids.
Find more about National Safety Month, including additional resources for parents and caregivers, at nsc.org/nsm. The Council thanks its in-kind National Safety Month partner organizations – American Ladder Institute, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Council on Aging, National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, National Organizations for Youth Safety and SADD – for their support and shared commitment to eliminating preventable deaths.
About the National Safety Council The National Safety Council is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact.
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