Thomas County Health Department awarded Car Seat Mini Grant
THOMASVILLE–Thomas County Health Department was awarded the 2018 Car Seat Mini Grant by the Georgia Department of Public Health, Injury Prevention Program. Through the Mini Grant, it provides car seats and education to financially eligible families in Thomas County. This program is funded by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety to help ensure Georgia’s children are safe while riding in motor vehicles.
Since 2007, the education, car seats and booster seats provided through the Mini Grant prevented serious injury or death and saved 344 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 one to four 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,” said Thomas County Health Department Nurse Manager Carolyn Simmons. Nearly three out of every four car seats are not used properly, placing children at unnecessary risk, she said.
“It’s our responsibility to keep our children safe,” Simmons said. “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.”
She said the program helps families get their children buckled up right, every trip, every time.
For more information, contact the Thomas County Health Department at 229-226-4241 or go on-line to www.southwestgeorgiapublichealth.org.