Information: SAFETY

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Related Advancement

  • Tenderfoot requirements 1b, 4d
  • Second Class requirements 1a, 5a, 6a, and 6b
  • First Class requirements 1a, 6a, 6b, and 6e
  • Crime Prevention, Emergency Preparedness, Fire Safety, Public Health, Safety, Search and Rescue, and Traffic Safety merit badges

You and Your Actions – You will find many unsafe conditions in your daily life. However, most of them become hazards only as a result of your actions when you take unnecessary risks. What might cause you to act in an unsafe way?

  • Taking chances (“We were just fooling around.”)
  • Being unprepared (“I didn’t think we’d need flashlights and batteries.”)
  • Fatigue (“We were going to rest when we got there.”)
  • Overconfidence (“I was sure I could swim a mile.”)
  • carefulHaste (“I didn’t have time to find my goggles before using that electric sander.”)
  • Fear (“I was so scared, I couldn’t move.”)
  • Excitement (“I was in a rush, so I forgot to buckle up.”)
  • Ignoring the rules or signs (“I didn’t think the buddy system was all that important for swimming.”)
  • Not using common sense (“I didn’t realize I had to know how to swim to use a canoe.”)
  • The lure of the forbidden (“I didn’t know the gun was loaded.”)
  • Not taking responsibility (“No one ever told me that could happen.”)

Accident Facts and Statistics

accidentsDo you feel safer riding in a car or flying in a plane? If you picked riding in a car, think again. Recent statistics show that passengers were 40 times more likely to die in a car crash than in a plane crash. This fact shows the importance of safety every time you ride in a car. Facts and statistics reveal potential risks and the importance of certain safety practices.

On average, there are 12 accidental deaths and about 1,000 disabling injuries every hour of every day. (A disabling injury is one that results in lost time in the victim’s place of employment or that leaves the victim too injured to return to work.) About half of these deaths occur in motor vehicle accidents. More than a third of the injuries occur in the home.

Safety experts classify accidents in four broad categories: motor vehicle, work, home, and public. The public category includes accidents involving sports and recreation, swimming, and hunting. This category also includes air, water, and land transportation (such as planes, boats, and trains). It excludes motor vehicles and accidents in public buildings.


Here are statistics given by the National Safety Council for 2007. Notice the differences in the numbers of deaths among the various causes. (Click above for an enlarged view.)

Attention, All Drivers – Drivers today face all kinds of distractions, from listening to music, sipping a soda, and mobile phones, to GPS devices and conversations with fellow passengers. All of these interfere and compete with a driver’s attention and ability to respond to changing situations that could lead to an accident. Be NoPhonesafe by staying focused and concentrating on driving whenever you are behind the wheel. Be respectful of the driver when you are the passenger.

Mobile phones are a particularly widespread problem. Many states have now outlawed the use of a mobile phone and texting while driving. Even if your state or local area has no such law, make it a habit now to refrain from using your phone while driving, whether for talking or texting. It’s one habit you will never regret.

Firearms Safety Awareness – If your family is among the 47 percent of households in the United States that keeps firearms in the home, help make sure all guns are kept secured, inaccessible to those who should not use them—especially young children and your friends who visit. Any ammunition also should be securely and separately stored. If you encounter a firearm, do not touch it. Report it to a responsible adult or law enforcement agent.

safety capPrevent Poisoning – Many accidental deaths are due to poisoning. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, 9 out of 10 poisonings happen at home. Especially if you have younger siblings, Safe Kids Worldwide offers these precautions.

  • Store all household products out of children’s sight (eye level) and reach = (low cabinets and shelves).
  • Keep poisonous items in locked cabinets. This includes pods for the laundry and dishwasher that are often kept within easy reach for quick access.
  • Store all medications—including vitamins and other supplements—out of children’s reach and sight.
  • Post the toll-free number for the Poison Control Center near phones and on your refrigerator. Put the number in your home and mobile phones. That number is 800-222-1222.
  • If your house was built before 1978, there is a possibility lead paint was used. Ask your parent. Never attempt to remove lead-based paint; this is a job only a professional can do.
Poison control center: Toll-Free 800-222-1222

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