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Dawson County Health Department awarded mini grant for car seat education
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The Dawson County Health Department has been awarded the 2022 Car Seat Mini-Grant to fund car seat education in the county, according to a release by the health department. 

The mini grant was awarded to the department by the Georgia Department of Public Health Injury Prevention Program and is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety in an effort to ensure safety for children in Georgia while riding in motor vehicles. 

Using the funds from the mini grant, the Dawson County Health Department and Dawson County Emergency Medical Services work together to provide car seats and education to financially eligible families in Dawson County, the grant said. 

“Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved over 425 of Georgia’s children who were involved in crashes,” the release said. “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 one to four years in passenger cars.” 

The release went on to say that almost three out of every four car seats are not used correctly, which causes the children to be at risk. Because of this, teaching parents and guardians how to install and use the car seats correctly is incredibly important too. 

“It’s our responsibility to keep out children safe,” Natasha Young, public information officer for the District 2 Department of Public Health, said in the release. “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.” 

Through the Car Seat Mini-Grant, agencies supporting over 120 counties including Dawson are working hard to keep Georgia’s children safe by helping families to get their children “buckled up right, every trip, every time”, the release said. 

“In Dawson County, Dawson County Health Department and Dawson EMS educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use car seats, offer car seat inspections and provide car seats and booster seats to financially eligible families,” the release said. 

For more information about the Dawson County car seat program, contact the Dawson County Health Department by calling 706-265-2611. For more information about other counties involved in the program, contact the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Child Occupant Safety Project by calling 404-463-1487 or by emailing injury@dph.ga.gov.