We Can Do Better, New York & New Jersey Earn C for Safety

The National Safety Council (NSC) collected data over the course of a year that defined what safety systems individual states do and do not have in place to reduce the likelihood of preventable injuries and death. The NSC focused on three main categories: vehicle safety, safety at home, and workplace safety.

Here are some of the areas New York was considered ‘off track’ (meaning our safety systems are lacking):

  • Child passenger requirements (including rear-facing through age 2, child restraint or booster through age 8, children in hot cars, and good Samaritan protections for helping unattended children).
  • Home Fires (sprinkler system requirements in new 1 and 2 family homes, and smoke alarms with 10 year lifetime batteries).

New Jersey was considered off track/partially off track in the following area:

  • Home Fires (sprinkler system requirements in new 1 and 2 family homes, and smoke alarms with 10 year lifetime batteries).
  • Teen driver (young passenger restrictions, supervised driving minimum of 50 hours plus 10 at night).

Do you think New York/New Jersey does a good job keeping residents safe? Share your thoughts!