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SOURCE National Safety Council
Council offers tips for a safe Fourth of July celebration
ITASCA, Ill., June 30, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Safety Council today released estimates of fatalities from traffic crashes for the upcoming Independence Day weekend – 6 p.m. on July 3 through 11:59 p.m. on July 6. The Council estimates 385* deaths and an additional 41,200* medically consulted injuries may occur over this holiday weekend from motor vehicle collisions. NSC also estimates 141* lives may be saved during this time period from people wearing safety belts.
"The Fourth of July is a time for celebrations – not the emergency room," said Deborah Hersman, NSC president and CEO. "Small steps like wearing your safety belt, leaving fireworks to the professionals and keeping an eye on children in and around water can prevent deaths and injuries."
To ensure a safe Independence Day holiday weekend, NSC recommends the following tips:
Fireworks displays are a special part of Independence Day. However, an estimated eight** deaths and 11,400** injuries involving fireworks occurred in 2013. The safest way to enjoy fireworks is to watch a public display conducted by professionals. If fireworks are legal where you live and you decide to use them:
**According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
About the National Safety Council
Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to save lives by preventing injuries and deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.
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