Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center
1800 Orleans Street, Third Floor
Baltimore, MD 21287
Phone: (410) 614-5587
Hours: Mon - Fri, 9am – 5pm
Located in the new Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center on the Johns Hopkins medical campus, the Children’s Safety Center (CSC) is a home-like environment where families can try a variety of home safety products, receive free personalized safety education, and purchase low-cost safety products (e.g., smoke and carbon monoxide (CO) alarms, cabinet locks and latches, stair gates). The CSC's location in the Family Resource Library of the Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children's Center creates opportunities for engagement with patients' families who may not have visited the safety center in its former location.
The CSC assists Johns Hopkins patients and their families; physicians, students and staff, and community members with their injury prevention needs. Health educators are available to visit patients during their hospital stay to educate them about various injuries, injury risks and safety products. We also work with individuals who visit us in the safety center. No appointment is necessary and no affiliation with Hopkins is required. If you have a safety need, we are here to work with you.
The CSC has continued as a community service project and is open to all Johns Hopkins visitors. Since its inception, it has served more than 10,000 visitors and distributed thousands of safety products.
One of our safety experts can give you advice about keeping your child safe at home, during recreation and in the vehicle. As certified child passenger safety technicians, we can make sure your child's car seat is installed correctly. The installation and inspection service are FREE. Donations are greatly appreciated and help us continue to provide these services.
Call 410-614-5587 or e-mail the Health Educator (JHSafety@jhsph.edu) for more information or to schedule an appointment.
Please have the following information ready when you call:
- Child's age, weight and height
- Brand and specific model of car seat
- Make, model, and year of car
Or Attend a Car Seat Check Event:
Click Maryland Kids in Safety Seats (KISS) or Baltimore County Police Department to see a calendar of upcoming car seat checks and to make an appointment.
The CSC opened in 1997 as the first-of-its-kind, hospital-based safety resource center in the United States. Safety experts at the Johns Hopkins Children's Safety Center work with both parents and health care providers every day, answering questions, providing advice, and offering services and safety products in an effort to reduce unintentional injuries, the leading cause of death among children.
Research conducted at the Johns Hopkins Center for Injury Research and Policy (JHCIRP) documented that low-income children under age six in Baltimore City suffer injuries at a rate twice the national average (Bishai et al., 2002). They also showed that lack of access to affordable safety products and information about how to properly use them can be significant barriers that families confront (Gielen et al, 2008). To address this critical need, the JHCIRP partnered with the Johns Hopkins Department of Pediatrics to develop the Children's Safety Center.