The 100 days of summer between Memorial Day and Labor Day are the deadliest time of year for children, according to Lois Collins and Marjorie Cortez of Deseret News National.
That’s because children often take risks during the summer months, which lead to more “drownings, recreational vehicle accidents, falls while hiking, bike crashes and other warm-weather accidents,” Collins and Cortez reported.
To raise awareness about the dangers of summer, the National Safety Council has made June National Safety Month.
But being aware of the dangers isn't always enough. Sometimes, in order to stay safe, more drastic action — such as relocating to a different part of the nation — is needed.
To help with that, WalletHub released a report this week that looked at the safest states in the nation to live in. To find this, WalletHub analyzed the financial, road, workplace, natural disaster and home and community safety.
“As much as we’d all like to point at a random spot on a map and decide to live there, relocating is unfortunately never that easy,” according to WalletHub. “And it shouldn’t be. We all have different needs to evaluate before packing the dishes. For some of us, cost of living and tax burden are the most important factors. For others, it’s education standards, health care quality or all of the above. But whatever our motivations for moving, safety should always rank among our top priorities when comparing places to live.”
Here’s a look at the top 15 safest states to live in. Check out the slide show to see the rest of the top 25.
The Bay State ranked at the top of the list in terms of safety, largely thanks to its high road safety rating.
Just north of Massachusetts, Vermont has high safety ratings for natural disasters, financial, home and community and workplace safety numbers.
Minnesota has the highest financial safety in the nation, the second highest road safety numbers and the fourth highest workplace safety ranking.
4. New Hampshire
New Hampshire has the second highest workplace safety ranking, as well as the sixth highest natural disaster safety ranking and seventh highest financial safety ranking.
For a group of islands in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii is a rather safe state, too. Hawaii has the highest natural disaster safety ranking as well as the fifth safest community ranking.
The Beehive State is also a safe place for families. The state was the fifth safest state for financial security and the seventh highest for both road safety and natural disaster safety.
Connecticut has the second highest home and community safety ranking, just behind New York, which borders Connecticut. The state also has the fourth highest road safety ranking.
8. Rhode Island
Just to the east of Connecticut, Rhode Island has the safest workplaces in the nation. The state also has the sixth highest home and community safety ranking.
Virginia is a moderately safe state and is the sixth safest state for road safety in the nation.
One of the nation’s most northern states has the third highest safety ranking for natural disasters.
Wisconsin is a rather safe state, too. It ranks at the 10th and 11th spot for financial and road safety, respectively.
Iowa, which rests in the middle of the nation, is one of the safest states in the country. It has the seventh highest financial security ranking and the eighth highest road safety ranking.
All the rain and wet weather may have forced Washington to have some of the safest roads in the country, ranking at the fifth spot on the list.
Ohio is a relatively safe place, too, with the third highest road safety ranking in the nation.
15. New York
New York’s got moderate safety across the board, but it really shines with its home and communities, which are the safest in the nation.
Herb Scribner is a writer for Deseret News National. Send him an email at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @herbscribner.