The 4-Safety program is a partnership between Hasbro Children’s Hospital and Dunkin’ Donuts, that seeks to control injuries in children and young adults throughout Rhode Island and Southeastern Massachusetts. 4-Safety raises awareness and educates families about ways they can reduce their risk of experiencing an injury and live healthier, safer lives.
Injuries are a significant public health concern and are a leading cause of death across all 50 states. Injuries can result in significant pain and disability and often require a vast amount of health care resources to treat. Like other diseases, injuries can be prevented and controlled.
4-Safety hosts events, which focus on a different injury topic each season. Safety topics are chosen based on hospital injury data and community data. Our staff visits each event in the 4-Safety van, which contains a wide screen TV, interactive computer tablets, a sound system, and giveaways.
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Did you know?
- Approximately fifty children each week are injured after being struck or run over by a car that is backing out from a driveway. Of these, around 2 will die each week. (Source: Keep Your Child Safe)
- Driveway accidents most commonly occur in children ranging from twelve to twenty-three months of age. (Source: Kids and Cars)
- In seventy percent of backing up incidents, a parent or close relative is behind the wheel. (Source: Kids and Cars)
- SUVs and trucks are involved in more back-over incidents than smaller sized cars because of the large blind zones behind these vehicles. (Source: Safe Kids)