Injury Prevention Program
Our Injury Prevention program takes a full life-span approach, with a focus on children, older adults, and the underserve residents of Boston. We aim to prevent unintentional injuries in the city through education, awareness, policy, and increased access to safety resources. Some of our most popular programs are listed below but we are always working to find new ways to create a safer Boston.
Programs and Initiatives
Learn about Boston's bicycle safety programs and where to find a free bike helmet to keep your kids safe while having fun!
Buckle Up Boston
Keep your child safe on every car ride. Get your car seat installed or safety checked for free.
Covid-19 prevention for older adults
Older adults and individuals with serious underlying medical conditions are at greater risk of severe illness from Covid-19.
Fire and Carbon Monoxide Safety
Information and resources to prevent and prepare for fire related emergencies.
Older Adult Falls Prevention
Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older adults in the United States. Learn what steps you can take to prevent falls for you and your loved ones.
The CDC estimates that around 3,400 babies die every year from SIDs. Safe sleep habits have been shown to greatly reduce the risk of SIDS. Click the link to learn how you can protect your baby while they sleep.
Approximately 10 people a day die from unintentional drowning, 2 of which are children 14 or younger. Click here to learn more about preventing water related deaths.
Window Falls Prevention
Preventing child injuries from windows falls through subsidized window guards, policy, and safe home education.
General home safety tips and resourcesGeneral home safety tips and resources
- Use safety gates at the top or bottom of stairs if possible
- Secure TVs and furniture to the wall using mounts or anchors to prevent tip-overs
- Keep furniture and anything a child can climb on away from windows
- Install window guards inside of your home to prevent window falls
Learn more about our Window Fall Prevention program.
- Keep medicine, vitamins, cosmetics, and chemicals stored up and locked away from children
- Use cabinet locks to keep children out of areas with harmful items inside
- Read medication and product labels to learn what may be dangerous to children
- Dispose of unused or expired medication at a disposal location. Find a disposal location near you here
- Poison Prevention Infographic
- Safe Kids Medication Infographic
- Supervise children around water
- Never leave a child alone in a tub
- Close toilet lids, bathroom doors and laundry room doors
- Use child locks on doors and toilets in your home
- Teach children how to swim. Enroll children in swim lessons if possible
- Learn more about water safety