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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 5, 2014

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October 29, 2014

From 1997-2013, the pedestrian death rate in Dallas County was 23 times higher in homeless persons, compared to non-homeless persons. This finding is similar to a recent report from Clark County, Nevada. Between 2004 and 2008, the annualized pedestrian death rate for the homeless was 81.4 deaths per 100,000. From 2009 to 2013, the annualized death rate declined to 39.1 pedestrian deaths per 100,000 population This may be due to Dallas County’s effort to house the chronically homeless.   

September 30, 2014

Check out the Injury Prevention Center's newest publication from the Dallas County Child Death Review Team!

September 19, 2014

Check out the Injury Prevention Center's latest fact sheet on deaths due to injuries in Dallas County from 1997-2013!