Columbus is ranked the second safest city in the United States for families with children.
The evaluation measures 25 areas surrounding child and safety-oriented best practices that are used on a regular basis. This study also focuses on those cities with the lowest crime rate, good air quality, and low incidents of child pedestrian accidents, injuries, and drowning. Other important areas that they look at is how close and accessible the hospitals are, the response time for fire and police, making sure that the laws and regulations that address smoking, home inspections, smoke and Carbon Monoxide alarms, pool safety and bike helmets are all being followed and checked regularly.
“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,” said Gus Schaefer, UL’s Public Safety Officer. “We hope that highlighting the importance of these safety practices will help keep more families protected.”
How does Columbus rate and what do they have to say about our wonderful city? The scorecard given to Columbus states that we have the lowest incidence of vehicle-related deaths and child poisonings among the top 10 cities; also pedestrian accidents. Columbus also showed their commitment to safety when we hosted the National Motorcycle Safety Conference bringing together 300 motorcycle safety professionals, managers, and instructors from across the country to discuss ideas, challenges and solutions for reducing motorcycle crashes and related injuries in Ohio and the United States.
UL offers more tips for parents to adopt around the home helping to prevent accidents, injuries and bring a peace of mind as their children grow.
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