1.) Today is the first day of summer and a day to remember how dangerous this season is, which is why June is National Safety Month. With longer days and warmer weather, we engage in more physical activity during the summer. This year’s Safety Month theme is “Safety Starts With Me,” and focuses on things like accident prevention and emergency preparedness. Consider that emergency rooms around the country report more than 86,000 people are hurt each year by their lawnmowers, over 144,000 are hurt by skateboards and over 544,000 are injured each year on bicycles
2.) Which states have the most, and least responsible drinkers? The website Buzzfeed.com used data from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration and Federal Highway Administration, as well as the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism to rank the 50 United States. The most responsible drinkers are in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Alaska, and Minnesota. The least responsible drinkers are in Mississippi, Oklahoma, West Virginia, Arkansas, and South Carolina. Here in the Palmetto State we consumer an average of 2.37 gallons of alcohol a year with 129 deaths in an alcohol related accident for every one million licensed drivers each year.
3.) Younger adults seem to be developing an aversion to credit cards and the debt that comes with them. A new analysis of data about millions of consumers from FICO finds that in 2012, 16 percent of those 18 to 29 had no credit cards at all. That’s up from 9 percent in 2005, before the recession. The proportion of consumers in other age groups without any cards is growing too, but not as drastically. Meanwhile, the younger Americans have reduced their average outstanding credit card debt to $2,087 as of October 2012, down from $3,073 five years ago.