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Preventable Deaths Increase During Summer Months, Says NSC

Thursday, June 1, 2017  
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By Facility Safety Management Magazine

National Safety Council data show that July and August typically record the highest number of preventable deaths, underscoring the need to use National Safety Month – observed each June – as a time to evaluate habits and resolve to reduce risks.

A total of 117,041 people died from preventable injuries – commonly known as “accidents” – in July and August from 2011 to 2015[i] as a result of poisonings, car crashes, falls, drowning, choking and fires.[ii]

“Someone dies every 4 minutes because of something we know how to prevent,” said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the National Safety Council. “National Safety Month is the ideal time to pause and take stock of our own safety, because history tells us that the odds may not be in our favor during the summer months.”

 

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