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Based on local data, the IPC targeted the census tracts with the highest per capita rates of house fire-related deaths and injuries, for smoke alarm installations through a program entitled Operation Installation. Operation Installation is a joint program of the IPC and Dallas Fire-Rescue, and involves door-to-door smoke alarm installation, with teams of fire fighters, fire prevention personnel, and volunteers from the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Each team is accompanied by a fire engine or fire truck, going down each block of the census tract.


As part of a worldwide movement to reduce injuries and save lives, Dallas was the first city in the United States to be designated an international Safe Community in 1996 by the World Health Organization (WHO). Led by the IPC, the city was re-designated in 2007 and 2011.


With funding from the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), the IPC developed Give Kids a Boost - a school-based project that focuses on parental education and enforcement of the Child Passenger Safety Law. The goal of the project is to increase properly restrained booster seat use among children 4-7 years of age.


Since 2011, students at Sam Tasby Middle School have learned that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” through a PHOTOVOICE project conducted by the IPC. In collaboration with Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation and the Eagle Scholars program, the PHOTOVOICE project teaches 6th and 7th grade students participating in the Eagle Scholars Program how to tell a story through photographs and use those photographs to facilitate pedestrian safety improvements in their community.


November 13, 2017

The Safe States Alliance, in partnership with the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), is pleased to announce the release of the Standards and Indicators for Model Level I and II Trauma Center Injury and Violence Prevention Programs. This new publication is the first to outline the core components of a model injury and violence prevention (VIP) program within Level I and II trauma centers.

To access the document, click on above link.



July 1, 2017

Do you have a high-risk vehicle?

Tens of millions of airbags are defective.  Even a minor fender-bender can cause these airbags to rupture, spraying metal shrapnel into drivers and passengers.

In response, vehicle manufacturers are conducting the largest safety recall in U.S. history.  Authorized dealerships are replacing defective airbags for free.



June 1, 2017

The Injury Prevention Committee of the Texas Governor's EMS & Trauma Advisory Council has conducted an extensive literature review among peer-reviewed journals, government resources, injury prevention outlets and private corporations' websites and developed documents that provide information on effective strategies, interventions and countermeasures to prevent texting and driving.  The documents also provide information on ineffective strategies that should be discontinued.  The purpose of the project was to provide easy-to-read information on interventions to guide injury prevention programs addressing texting and driving.  The documents are available under the Publications tab as:

What Works and Doesn't Work for Preventing Distracted Driving

Evidence-Based Strategies/Interventions Review for Distracted Driving