The National Safety Council gives Connecticut an overall grade of B as a safe place to live, based on three categories – roadway safety, workplace safety, and safety in the home and community.
No state received an A rating from the NSC. But considering 11 states were given an F rating, Connecticut residents and lawmakers can take pride and comfort in knowing that we are relatively safe. Of course, there is always room for improvement.
We scored high on home and community safety.
The National Safety Council’s aim is to eliminate the 140,000-plus nationwide deaths that occur each year from preventable accidents. Its “State of Safety” report rates each state on its laws, policies and regulations that help reduce those accidental injuries and fatalities.
Connecticut was one of seven states that received a B grade for overall safety. In particular, Connecticut ranked second highest in Home and Community Safety. The category accounts for 70 percent of accident deaths, including:
- Poisoning (opium overdoes, carbon monoxide, etc.)
- Firearms (accidental shootings)
- Falling accidents
- Suffocation (choking on food, etc.)
- Home fires
The NSC gave just one A grade in the home/community category, based on 62 specific safety indicators. Connecticut was a close second — perhaps a B-plus. However, Connecticut did not rank in the top five for road safety or work safety, so legislators and civic leaders still have work to do to make our state safer and strive toward the goal of zero preventable deaths. The good news is that we are heading in the right direction.
Victims of accidents that occur in the home or in the community may have legal claims, such as a premises liability lawsuit.
Source: ClaimsJournal.com “NSC Releases State of Safety Report”