A report just out from the National Safety Council ranks how safe each of the 50 states and Washington D.C. are. South Carolina did not do well, the Post and Courier reports.
The palmetto state is ranked as the fifth most dangerous state in the nation. Frequent drwonings, home fires, guns, and road conditions all contributed to the low ranking, according to the Post and Courier.
To determine rankings the Council issued grades in a number of areas, the Post and Courier said. In home and community safety, South Carolina scored an “F”, placing second to last in the nation. We also recieved an “F” in creating laws that aim to stop preventable deaths.
There were roughly 1,100 drowning deaths in the state from 2000 to 2015 according to the CDC, and about 310 unintentional gun deaths. There have been 66 deaths relating to fire just this year according to the state Fire Marshall’s Office, reports the Post and Courier.
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South Carolina’s roads are not doing it any favors, either. According to the Post and Courier, quoting 2016 data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, cyclists, pedestrians, and motorcyclists were the victims in roughly a third of the state’s traffic deaths.
Motorcyclists and passengers over the age of 21 do not need to wear helmets in the palmetto state, which the Post and Courier cites as an explanation for the state’s poor ranking.
State rankings do not do an ideal job of looking at each part of a state, the Post and Courier noted, so there may be some parts of South Carolina that are safer than others.