The city in which a child grows up can have a big impact on the rest of his life. From speaking with a regional accent to choosing a football team to root for, where a kid lives plays an important role. But according to a new study commissioned by Underwriters Laboratories, where a child is raised can also impact his chances of being involved in a serious accident.
Every year, children in the United States sustain 14 million potentially debilitating accidental injuries. Sadly, many of these accidents could have been prevented. And in some large cities, they are being prevented.
According to Gus Schaefer, UL’s Public Safety Officer, when it comes to keeping families safe, some cities do a better job than others.
There is a unique set of safety considerations that goes into developing safe homes, communities and environments for raising young children, and the purpose of the study was to bring awareness to the best practices in those areas. We hope that highlighting the importance of these safety practices will help keep more families protected.
Using 25 different criteria that contribute to home, community and overall personal safety, the 50 largest U.S. cities were evaluated to determine which ones do the best job of preventing needless accidents. The criteria included accessibility to hospitals and response time for fire and police personnel as well as regulations regarding smoking, home inspections, smoke and CO alarms, pool safety and bike helmets. In addition, crime rates, air quality and incidence of child pedestrian accidents, injuries and drowning were taken into consideration.
And the 10 safest cities for children are:
- Columbus, Ohio
- Louisville, Kentucky
- Minneapolis, Minnesota
- New York
- Portland, Oregon
- San Francisco
- Tampa, Florida
- Virginia Beach, Virginia
Did your city make the list? If not, don’t call the movers just yet. Schaefer says that almost all of the cities evaluated are making great strides in protecting children through their own best practices. And as parents, there is plenty you can do yourself.
For more information on the methodology of this study, visit the Underwriters Laboratories site. And to learn what you can do to reduce the risk of injuries in your own home, check out Safety at Home.
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