Teach, practice safe behavior to avoid preventable injuries

June 1, 2012
Deseret News


A recent study shows Utah fares slightly worse than average when it comes to the rate of fatalities from injuries due to preventable accidents. What should grab your attention about the study is that single word — preventable.

Data gathered by Trust for America's Health ranks Utah 21st among the 50 states and the District of Columbia for injury-related fatalities. The study looked at death rates attributed to a variety of different types of accidents, as well as injuries due to violence and participation in sports. The fatality rate across the nation is 57.9 deaths for every 100,000 people. In Utah, it is 64.8, or about 12 percent above the average.

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