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.
The CARES Safety Center team offers three different experiences:
1. the CARES Mobile Safety Center vehicle: You get the vehicle and two educators to provide tours of the inside of the vehicle, reviewing all or some of the exhibits, based on your interests. Because of the size of the vehicle, certain space requirements must be met. (See request form for details.)
2. a table/booth : Staffed by one or two Johns Hopkins safety educators, the table/booth option allows our educators to interact with visitors one-on-one around one or more safety topics that you tell us are of interest to your group. The table/booth option can be in place of or in addition to the CARES vehicle. We have found that events with large crowds benefit from the table/booth option as a way to engage people as the wait their turn to visit CARES.
3. a workshop on the topic/s of your choice: Staffed by one or two Johns Hopkins safety educators. The workshop is a tailored educational presentation on one or more safety topics that you feel need to be discussed with your group. A workshop allows your group to discuss safety issues they may have.
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.
The morning of July 20, 2004, Connie was driving her usual route to work on a scenic, two-lane, winding road in the horse country of Virginia, when a young man driving the opposite way fell asleep at the wheel and crashed head-on into her car. At that moment, Connie’s life depended on the U.S. trauma system.