National Child Passenger Safety Week
National Child Passenger Safety week is this week, September 18-24, and Region 19 Head Start teamed up with other organizations to offer free child safety seat checks.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, an estimated 46 percent of car and booster seats are misused in a way that could reduce their effectiveness.
Data from the CDC shows car seat use reduces the risk of dead to infants (aged under 1) by 71 percent; toddlers (aged 1-4) by 54 percent; and for children 4-8 years by 45 percent. For older children and adults, seat belts reduce risk by approximately 50 percent.
Antonio Holguin, Transportation Program Manager says the most common mistakes parents and caregivers make is placing kids facing forward too soon and using the child restraint system incorrectly.
Head Start certified Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Technicians take part in community events and hosts them to provide free car seats, funded by the Safe Riders program. They provide parents and caregivers education and hands-on assistance with proper use of child restraint systems and seat belt, car seat types and position, and child’s age and size requirements.
“It’s important to educate parents and caregivers to increase restraint use and make sure children are properly buckled up in a car seat that is appropriate for their age, height and weight to reduce the risk of serious or fatal injuries,” says Holguin.
Install and use car seats and booster seats according to the owner’s manual or get help installing from a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.
Free car seat events Saturday, September 24th:
- The El Paso Children's Hospital Foundation 521-7229 at Kohl's parking lot at Bassett Place.
- TxDOT at the Best Buy located on 1834 Joe Battle Blvd, El Paso, TX 79936.