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. The CARES (Children ARE Safe) Safety Center is a 40-foot vehicle designed as a house on wheels. Inside visitors will find several fun and interactive exhibits that our educators use to show the hidden injury risks in a home and what can be done to protect families.
Schedule a Visit from the CARES Safety Center
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Services Provided by the Cares Safety CenterThe CARES Safety Center is available to visit Baltimore neighborhoods and community organizations to teach parents and caregivers about the injury risks children face at home and what they can do to prevent them.
The CARES Safety Center was designed to resemble a typical home with a kitchen, bedroom, bathroom, and stairway to illustrate potential hazards and preventive measures. For example, an onboard smoke generator and heating elements installed in a door simulate the conditions inside a home during a fire.
Trained educators from the CIRP and BCFD use these exhibits in each of the rooms to teach parents and children how to prevent burns, falls, strangulation, poisoning and other unintended injuries in their homes and neighborhoods.
The Center is also equipped with reduced-cost safety products, including car safety seats, bicycle helmets, safety gates and cabinet locks, which are offered for sale at below-retail costs.
Home Safety Fact Sheets
The following Home Safety Fact Sheets are available to download and distribute in both English and Spanish.
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.