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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.
Seats 4 Safety: Did You Know?
- On average, two children under the age of 13 were killed every day in 2014 due to car crashes. (Source: National Safety Council)
- From 1975 to 2011, it is estimated that 10,000 lives were saved by child restraints for children under the age of 5 in passenger vehicles. (Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA))
- An estimated 46% of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness. (Source: US Centers for Disease Control)
- More than 1/3 of children under age 13 who died in passenger vehicle crashes in 2011 were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. (Source: NHTSA)
- Only 32% of caregivers using rear-facing seats are “very confident” that they are using them correctly. (Source: SafeKids)
NHTSA recommends all children 13 and under be restrained in the back seat rather than the front seat. (Source: NHTSA)