Funded Injury Control Research Centers (ICRCs)

Home Safety Project - Columbus Children's Research Institute

Project Period: 08/01/2008 – 7/31/2009
Application/Grant Number: CE001491
Principal Investigator: Gary A Smith, MD
The Research Institute at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
700 Children’s Drive
Columbus, OH 43205
Phone: 614 355 2763


Each year in the United States, approximately 2,100 children younger than age 15 years die from unintentional injuries in the home, and more than 3 million others experience an unintentional non-fatal residential injury. This proposed Home Safety Project will focus on the leading five types of injuries occurring to children and adolescents in and around the home – fires/burns, falls, poisoning, choking/suffocation, and drowning – with an emphasis on injuries due to residential fires. The following specific aims will be achieved by this project: 1) Specific Aim #1: Establish a home safety research training program for students; 2) Specific Aim #2: Develop a home safety component for the Center for Injury Research and Policy website; and 3) Specific Aim #3: In partnership with the Columbus Center of Science and Industry (COSI), develop a plan for an interactive exhibit and educational outreach program about fire and home fire safety. This project builds on the past work of the principal investigator and others in the Center for Injury Research and Policy at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. The project contributes to the overall goal of decreasing deaths and disability among children and adolescents due to injuries in and around the home. The Home Safety Project addresses “Healthy People 2010” injury prevention priorities.