Today there is good news – we ARE Making Safe Happen!
Thursday, February 26, 2015
Posted by: Amber Williams
Safe States is pleased to announce our partnership with Nationwide Insurance through the new Make Safe Happen program, which is focused on increasing awareness and providing tools to change home safety behavior around preventable injuries. The program was launched in January 2015 with Nationwide’s commitment to take action and increase awareness of the cause in partnership with leading experts and stakeholders. Safe States will participate in the Make Safe Happen Advisory Council to share our expertise and participate in national efforts to reduce childhood injuries in and around the home.
Today there is good news...
we ARE Making Safe Happen!
In public health, we focus so much attention on the burden of preventable illness and injury that we often lose sight of our accomplishments and the lives that have been saved as a result of our collective efforts. And yet, we have made so much progress; lives are saved every day. What were once traumatic injuries resulting in lifelong disability may now be bumps and bruises from which we pick ourselves up and continue on in our day-to-day lives. We know, of course, that we still have work to do, but just for today, let’s take a moment to focus on what we’re doing right to Make Safe Happen and create a culture of safety.
Looking back, it’s easy to see the significant changes we have made over just a few generations. Nowhere is that more evident than in the cars we drive every day. Cars were once manufactured without seatbelts; now they are mandatory safety features in all vehicles, along with airbags, emergency trunk releases, and many others. We are even testing inflatable seatbelts with airbags inside, not to mention cars that drive themselves! All of these changes – and the laws we have put in place to support and encourage their use – have saved lives. According to the Department of Transportation, seat belts alone saved over 12,000 lives in 2012. If all drivers and passengers had worn seat belts that year, over 3,000 more people would still be alive today. We have made so much progress in this area that motor vehicle crashes are no longer the leading cause of injury death in many states.
On Superbowl Sunday, Nationwide Insurance released an ad telling the story of a child’s life never experienced because he died in a tub drowning. The stark reality of such a death garnered much attention in the days following its airing.
As we continue our work to eliminate tragedies like these, I challenge all of us to recognize our successes and to remember the stories of those still living – the family saved from a burning home due to their smoke alarm and fire escape plan, or the newborn kept safe by her mother through the support of her local nurse home visiting program. Child safety seats, graduated driver’s licensing programs, connections to caring family members or other adults, street and roadway designs for all users – all demonstrate we are making tremendous strides in making our communities safe and creating a culture of safety.
While there is still much work to do, we have great successes and human resources to build on to Make Safe Happen – at home, school, work and play. What can you celebrate today and where will that take us tomorrow?
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