Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services (DCES) was recently awarded the 2020 Car Seat Mini-Grant by Georgia Department of Public Health’s Injury Prevention Program.
Through the mini-grant, DCES, the Department of Public Health and Safe Kids work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Dawson County. The program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” said Lt. Chris Archer, DCES Prevention Officer. “The Car Seat Mini-Grant is a great opportunity to help our community and help protect our children from serious injuries or death in motor vehicle crashes.”
Dawson County Fire and Emergency Services educates parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats and offers car seat inspections. The Car Seat Mini Grant allows them to provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families. Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting more than 120 counties are working to keep Georgia’s children safe. These programs help families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the mini-grant prevented serious injury or death and saved more than 300 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, car seats reduce fatal injuries by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years in passenger cars. Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk.
For more information or to make an appointment with the Prevention Division of Emergency Services regarding the car seat program, contact Lt. Chris Archer at (706) 344-3666 or CArcher@dawsoncounty.org.
If you would like information regarding other counties involved in the program, please contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (404) 463-1487.