National Geographic : 1931 Jul
Caution or Accident? The grim warning "Drive Slowly, Death is so Permanent!" has been heeded by thou sands of drivers over dangerous roads. Here are listed the twelve most frequent means of accidentalinjuries in the order of their fatality: i. Automobiles 2. Falls 3. Drownings 4. Burns 5. Railroads 6. Poisonous Gases 7. Firearms 8. Machines 9. Mines and Quarries io. Fires Si. Poisons 12. Suffocations S0©1931... ,.CO. In this country acci dents are now the largest single cause of the Crippling,Depend. ency and Destitution which call for relief. CCIDENTS took 1oo,ooo lives, j/ caused approximately 1o,ooo,ooo more or less serious injuries and cost more than $I,ooo,ooo,ooo last year in the United States. Among those killed by accident were 18,000 children under fifteen years of age. No one knows how many accidental injuries and deaths are due to uncon trollable circumstances. Nevertheless, how many of the accidents which hap pened to members of your family or your friends-accidents which you know all about-could have been avoided? Last year there were about 46,000 fatal accidents in homes and in industry. Elsewhere there were about 54,ooo accidental deaths. Among the latter group 32,500-motorists and pedes trians-were killed by automobiles. But while the tide of accidents is METROPOLITAN FREDERICK H. ECKER, PRESIDENT LIFE e Os 4T' steadily rising, there are some bright spots in the dark record. Better traffic regulations in a large num ber of cities are reducing the percentage of street accidents and the toll of killed and maimed children. Police officers and school teachers are training children to be careful. Safety appliances and methods installed by the foremost industries are saving many lives. But systematic accident prevention in homes has hardly begun. Falls in homes caused 8,000 deaths last year; burns, scalds and explosions 5,400; asphyxiations 3,600; and fatal poison ings 2,000. Much remains to be done to check home accidents caused by reck lessness and thoughtlessness. The Metropolitan Life Insurance Com pany urges you to send for its free booklets on accident prevention. Ask for Booklets 731-N. INSURANCE COMPANY C_. ONE MADISON AVE., NEW YORK, N. Y. "Mention the Geographic-It identifies you."