The mini-grant was provided to Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services and Safe Kids Cherokee County for up to eight car seats per month and supplemental car seat safety education to financially eligibile families. The program is funded through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Maternal and Child Health Program.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Captain Chad Arp, coalition leader for Safe Kids Cherokee County. “The car seat mini-grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our kids from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”
At least 229 children in Georgia who were involved in crashes were saved from serious injury or death by car seats and booster seats provided through the mini-grant, according to the state agency.
Additionally, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and 54 percent for children 1 to 4 years old, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Arp said the program provides about 32 car seats each month, comprising four different types of seats, for free or at low-cost for parents who receive WIC or have children enrolled in the state health care plan.
Additionally, parents are given information about how to properly install their car seat and restrain their child, as nearly three out of four car seats are not correctly used, placing children at uneccesary risk.
“When parents come in for a (car seat) inspection or come in to obtain a seat, we educate them here at the office about proper restraint and distribute the car seats on a one-on-one basis,” Arp said.
The Safe Kids Cherokee County office is located at Northside Hospital-Cherokee Conference Center, 1130 Bluffs Parkway.
Led by Cherokee County Fire and Emergency Services, Safe Kids Cherokee County educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offers car seat inspections and provides car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families.
For more information about the Cherokee County car seat program, contact Safe Kids Cherokee County at (678) 493-4343 or www.cherokeesafekids.org.