NSC Says July the Deadliest Month for Preventable Deaths

Deaths from preventable incidents are 11 percent higher in July than the national average.

The National Safety Council has released a report citing July as the deadliest month for preventable deaths. An increase in fatal car crashes, drownings, extreme temperatures, and other events lead to an 11 percent increase in preventable deaths when compared to the national average.

"Sun, sand, and vacation selfies mark July as the peak of summer," said Deborah A.P. Hersman, president and CEO of the council. "Making safe choices can ensure July is the best month of the year, not the most deadly."

In order to stay safe, the NSC has posted the following recommendations:

  • Avoid speeding, using cell phones and driving under the influence.
  • Place children in age-appropriate car seats.
  • Learn about your vehicle's safety systems and how to use them.
  • Do not operate a boat while drinking or without a boater's license.
  • Make sure children use flotation devices and everyone in your group knows how to swim.
  • Stay hydrated and avoid being outside for long periods of time in the extreme heat.
  • Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle.

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