Start a Safety Program in Your Community

 

The Neighborhood Safety Network Tool Kit provides an effective way to organize, coordinate, and deliver product safety services to families in their community. In many communities, product safety services are unavailable, unaffordable and may not reach underserved or under-represented populations. Safety Programs developed in the community should incorporate the following considerations:

 

- Programs must be driven by the needs of the community.

- The focus and management of services should occur within a collaborative environment.

- The services offered, the organizations participating, and the programs generated should be responsive to the culture and characteristics of the community served.

 

Community leaders need flexibility in how they organize their safety programs and communicate with the public. Our goal is to provide communities with resources that are both affordable and available. The tool kit is available through the CPSC Web site. It can also be disseminated in hard copy to states through CPSC’s State and Local Program.

 

Getting Started:

 

1. Assess the safety issues in your neighborhood. Identify potential partners that share the same issues. Detemine how you can collaborate to solve the problem.

 

2. Develop and implement a safety program in your neighborhood. State your objectives and ensure that progress is measurable. For example, if you are developing a program for Fire Safety, use the tools in the Neighborhood Safety Tool Kit to help you implement your program.

 

3. Evaluate your safety program. Determine whether you achieved your injury prevention goals or helped the community make behavioral changes such as getting kids to wear their bicycle helmets.

 

4. Modify and adjust the program based on the program outcomes. Routinely check the Neighborhood Safety Network Tool Kit for the most current resources about consumer product safety.