“The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report”

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National Safety Council is on a mission to eliminate preventable deaths in our lifetime, but safety can be difficult to quantify. That’s why NSC took on a year-long project to grade states on actions and policies they have taken – or not taken – to reduce risk for all residents.

The State of Safety: A State-by-State Report provides insight into promising practices, and it shows where states are on track or falling short on road safety, home and community safety, and workplace safety. It offers a bird’s-eye view of safety policies and legislation that can help us reduce preventable deaths from things like distracted driving, prescription painkillers and falls.

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No State Earned an “A”

No state goes far enough to protect its residents from the leading causes of preventable deaths and injuries – commonly known as “accidents.”

Following is the list of states in rank order:

A B C D F
No state received an “A”  Maryland
Illinois
Washington, D.C.
Maine
Oregon
Connecticut
California
Washington
Hawaii
Louisiana
Kentucky
New Jersey
Minnesota
North Carolina
Massachusetts
Delaware
New Mexico
Rhode Island
Indiana
Colorado
Tennessee
West Virginia
New York
Michigan
Vermont
Texas
Pennsylvania
Wisconsin
Virginia
Utah
North Dakota
Alabama
Nevada
Georgia
New HampshireNebraska
Alaska
Ohio
Iowa
Florida
Kansas
Oklahoma
Arkansas
Arizona
South Carolina
South Dakota
Montana
Wyoming
Mississippi
Idaho
Missouri

It’s Time for Action

Fatalities from poisonings (including drug overdoses), motor vehicle crashes, falls, drowning, choking and fires have increased 7% since 2014, claiming more than 140,000 lives each year, according to Injury Facts® 2017.

“The state of safety in America is perilous,” said NSC President and CEO Deborah Hersman. “We cannot afford to sit back while we lose more than 140,000 people because of issues we know how to prevent. This report provides states with a blueprint for saving lives, and we hope lawmakers, civic leaders, public health professionals and safety advocates heed the recommendations outlined within it to make states and communities measurably safer.”

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Preventable deaths are at an all-time high. We know where we face the greatest risk. This report helps quantify the conditions for safety, state by state.

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