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noun safety pronunciation in British English /ˈseɪfti/
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  1. 1
    [uncountable] the fact that a thing is safe to do or use
    safety of: Do we know enough about the safety of these vaccines?
    Their cars have a reputation for safety and reliability.
    1. a.
      [only before noun] relating to how safe something is, or designed to make something safer
      The debate so far has focused mainly on safety issues.
      a safety helmet/harness
      safety record (=how safe something has been in the past): The airline has a poor safety record.
      safety hazard (=something that is not safe): Sharp objects in the house are a significant safety hazard for small children.
    2. b.
      [only before noun] a safety official or committee is in charge of making something safe to do or use
      The safety officer has closed this room to the public.
  2. 2
    [uncountable] a place or situation in which you are protected from danger or harm
    Refugees walked for several days until they reached safety.
    We watched the storm from the safety of our home.
    The four men were pulled to safety by the crew of a Sea King helicopter.
    public safety: Crime has increased and many people are concerned about public safety.
  3. 3
    [uncountable] a safe way of behaving or using something
    We plan to have frequent training sessions on safety at work.



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