The Safety Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) offers a wide variety of safety products at affordable prices, and our friendly staff can answer your questions about safety and injury prevention, car seat installation and more.
The Safety Center opened in 2008 and is currently located on the first floor of the Wood Building at CHOP. The center is open Monday-Friday, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and is staffed by health educators who can offer:
- Free literature on important safety topics
- Answers to your questions about injury prevention
- Guidance on product use, such as how to correctly fit a bike helmet or install a safety latch
Safety products available for purchase
Safety Center educators can also help you purchase appropriate safety products in our store, including:
What We Offer
Car Seat Resources: Selection and Installation of a Car Seat
Choosing a child safety seat can be confusing. The Injury Prevention Program offers helpful information and videos about choosing and installing a car seat. We provide installation demonstrations in our center and have car seat inspection stations for hands-on help with your car seat. Car seats are among our most popular items. We offer infant, convertible, combination, and booster seats as well as infant car beds and EZ-ON Vests.
Car Seat Safety for Kids
Car Seat Safety: Newborn to 2 Years Installation video: Infants in rear-facing seats
Car Seat Safety: Toddlers Installation video: Toddlers in forward-facing seats
Car Seat Safety: 4- to 8-year-old Children Installation video: Boosters
Car Seat Inspection
Home Safety Products
The Safety Center offers a variety of home safety products, including baby gates; cabinet and drawer locks; doorknob, outlet and stove knob covers; finger and table edge guards.
Baby Proofing Your Home
If your baby is crawling or walking, we recommend baby proofing your home. There are a couple of ways to do that:
- Try to install a hardware mounted gate at the top and bottom of all stairs.
- Lock lower cabinets containing harmful chemicals and cleansers.
- Keep bathroom doors closed.
- Mount TV’s and furniture to the walls.
We recommend homes all have a fire extinguisher, a smoke alarm and a carbon monoxide alarm. The Safety Center offers all of these Fire safety products, plus two-story and three-story fire escape ladders. We can also show families example fire escape plan, which we recommend families practice at least once a month. Learn more about Fire Safety Tips.
In retail stores, helmets are sized by age, but here at the Safety Center, we measure each child or adult’s head to make sure the helmet fits correctly. The Safety Center offers bicycle and sports safety products including bike, multi-sport and ski helmets, as well as elbow, wrist and knee pads.
A properly fitted helmet should sit level on the head and low on the forehead, about one or two fingers-widths above the eyebrows. The side straps should form a V around the ear, with the bottom of the V just under the earlobe (see inset picture). Learn more about Bike Safety.
Mobile Safety Center
Our Mobile Safety Center van travels throughout the Philadelphia area and to parts of the Lehigh Valley and southern New Jersey. It’s one way we make safety resources affordable and available throughout the community. In addition to offering information, the van carries a wide variety of safety products available for an affordable price. If you have any questions, please visit our center, call 267-426-5000 or email us.