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Center for Injury Research and Policy

Johns Hopkins CARES Mobile Safety Center

In 2004, the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy (JHCIRP) and the Baltimore City Fire Department (BCFD) partnered with other local organizations to launch the Johns Hopkins CARES Safety Center, to help prevent unintentional injury, a leading cause of death for children nationwide. Beginning in 2013, CARES broadened its mission to also include a special focus on the injury prevention needs of older adults. Now, visitors of all ages can learn important lessons for keeping the entire family safe from unintentional injuries.

The CARES Safety Center is a 40-foot vehicle designed as a house on wheels. Inside visitors will find over 20 different interactive and educational safety exhibits that our educators use to show the hidden injury risks in a home. CARES also has a supply of free safety fact sheets and an inventory of reduced-cost safety products available for purchase.  

Services Provided by the CARES Safety Center

The CARES Safety Center is available to visit your neighborhood or your community event, as long as you are within the Baltimore City limits. We can tailor our presentation and our services to work with children only, parents and caregivers only, older adults only or mixed age groups. Our expertise is educating about the injury risks common in the home and what can be done to better protect people from unintentional injuries.

Inside the CARES Safety Center visitors learn about the common injury hazards that can be found in typical rooms within a home: kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and stairway. JHCIRP safety educators and BCFD fire educators lead visitors through a variety of interactive exhibits to learn how to prevent falls, burns, poisonings, strangulation and other unintended injuries in their homes and neighborhoods. We will work with you to determine if tours will focus on one or two topics or if they will be a review of all safety topics included on CARES. 

The Center has an inventory of reduced-cost safety products, including bicycle helmets, safety gates, cabinet locks, and bathmats which are offered for sale.  Educators will also show visitors the proper way to use each safety product.

Learn more about the CARES Safety Center team's services with explanations of three different offered experiences.

We look forward to working with you to adapt our safety information for any age group: young children, teens, parents/caregivers, the whole family, and older adults.  We will work with you to best meet the needs of your priority audience and the resources available (overall time, space for vehicle, expected weather conditions) at your event. 

Please submit your completed request form at least 30 days in advance of your event.

Schedule a Visit from the CARES Safety Center

Before submitting your request, check out our schedule of community events to make sure we are available on the date of your event.

To request a visit from the CARES Safety Center, download and fill out a PDF request form and fax it to 410-614-2797, or email it to