New Jersey is one of the safest states for enjoying Independence Day – in fact – it’s the third safest.
The Garden State came in behind New York, at No. 2, and Connecticut, at No. 1, according to rankings released ahead of July 4 celebrations by ASecureLife, an organization that researches and reviews the security industry.
In fact, all of the top 5 safest states on the list are located on the East Coast.
Oklahoma was ranked the most dangerous state for the holiday, due to its high wildfire risk and rate of traffic deaths. According to ASecureLife, there were about 2.5 highway deaths per million resident in the state.
Though New Jersey was cited in the report as having the highest wildfire risk on the East Coast, “it doesn’t burn even a tenth as much as Oklahoma, Oregon or California.” In 2018, ASecureLife said, Oklahoma’s wildfire risk was about 1,700 acres per 100,000 burned.
Rankings in the ASecureLife study are based on fire – using wildfire data from the Insurance Information Institute – and road accident risk – based on data from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.