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Safety Statistics
June is National Safety Month

Teenage Driving

Crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers - in some years the fatal involvement rate for teen drivers is three times higher than the overall rate. Statistically, teens make up less than 7% of the nation's licensed drivers, but they're involved in 15% of all fatal crashes.



Statistics:

  • Motor vehicle crashes caused 43,000 deaths in 2000 alone.
  • Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for teenagers.
  • Teenagers are involved in more motor vehicle crashes that any other group of drivers. In some years, the fatal involvement rate for drivers aged 16 to 19 has been three times as high as the overall rate.
  • Sixty-five percent of teen passenger deaths occur when another teenager is driving.
  • Forty-one percent of fatal crashes involving teenagers occur at nighttime (between 9:00 p.m. and 6:00 a.m.).

Child Safety Seats

Children need special protection when traveling in motor vehicles. Safety experts say that between 80 and 90 percent of child safety seats are installed and/or used incorrectly.

Statistics:

  • Child restraints saved an estimated 316 lives in 2000 among children under the age of 5. At 100% child safety seat use for children under the age of 5, an estimated additional 143 lives could have been saved in 2000.
  • All states and the District of Columbia have had child restraint use laws in effect since 1985.
  • Research has shown that child safety seats reduce fatal injury in passenger cars by 71% for infants (less than 1 year old), and by 54% for toddlers (1-4 years old). For infants and toddlers in light trucks, the corresponding reductions are 58% and 59%, respectively.
  • In 2000, there were 529 occupant fatalities among children less than 5 years of age. Of these, an estimated 47% were totally unrestrained.
  • An estimated 4,816 lives have been saved by child restraints from 1975 through 2000.

Home Safety

Preventing Falls

Falls caused or led to 15,400 deaths in America last year. More than half of all falls occur in the home or on home premises. However, a fall can happen anywhere. Sixty percent of fall-related deaths occur among persons 65 and older. Falls are the number one cause of injury-related death for males 80 and older and for females 75 and older. One fourth of those who sustain a hip fracture die within one year and another 50 percent never return to their prior level of mobility or independence.



Statistics:

  • Deaths caused by unintentional incidents in the home are on the rise. Twenty-eight thousand two hundred (28,200) people were killed in the home in 1999 and 29,500 in 2000
  • A fatal injury occurs in the home every 18 minutes and a disabling injury every 4 seconds.
  • Solid and liquid poisonings, falls, fires and burns, and suffocation by ingested object are the four top causes of death in the home.
  • Falls are the second leading cause of death in the home. In 2000, 9,300 people died as the result of falls.
  • Falls were the leading cause of unintentional injuries requiring emergency department visits and accounted for more than 20 % of injury-related visits.

Preparedness

Are you prepared to react positively in an emergency? Do you know how to protect your employees, yourself and your family in severe weather events? Are you prepared to evacuate your home or facility at a moments notice?

Keep yourself, your family and your company prepared by evaluating your Emergency Response Plan. NSC offers products and services to help you develop and maintain an effective plan, and help educate your employees on corporate preparedness.

Are your employees prepared to deal with injuries sustained in a natural disaster or other emergency? You can teach your family and your employees to keep a first aid kit handy; better yet, prepare them with a course in first aid or CPR. Prepare today by learning how to respond to an emergency. The National Safety Council offers courses nationwide, and they're also available online.

Safety Leadership

Safety Leadership is the key to keeping your organization and its employees safe and healthy both on and off the job. Leadership both on and off the job means caring for your employees' health and safety on a "24/7" basis. Learn how to help your employees come to work safe and healthy and prepared to add effectively to your bottom line. Prepare today by becoming a safety leader in your organization.

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