Safe Communities America: Making a Difference in Your Community

http://safecommunitiesamerica.org Through Safe Communities America, the National Safety Council works with local communities to prevent needless deaths and disabling injuries. It provides a structure, administrative support and years of experience and expertise in injury prevention in an effort to make our communities safer places to live, work and play. 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. To receive the prestigious International Safe Community designation, please contact scainfo@nsc.org.

The cost of unintentional injuries in the United States is immense — $701.9 billion in 2008, or about $2,300 for every person. Injuries at play, at work and on our roads are the leading cause of death among Americans ages 1 to 41, and the fifth leading cause of death overall. In 2008, there were 118,000 injury-related deaths and 25,700,000 disabling injuries. One out of every nine Americans sought medical attention for their injuries. 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. 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.

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