Health

County to Offer Child Car Seats and Safety Classes

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More child car seats and safety education classes.

That’s what the County Health and Human Services Agency will be offering to low-income parents thanks to a program funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

The $88,500-grant will be used to provide child passenger safety education classes and to give 133 free child safety seats to people in need.

Keeping children safe while they ride with their parents or friends is part of the County’s Live Well San Diego vision, which aims to improve the health and safety of children and families in the region.

The child safety workshops and free child car seats will be provided through Sept. 2018 and are part of the Keep ‘Em Safe program. This is the eighth year the County has received funding from OTS.

Motor vehicle injuries remain a public health challenge, especially among low-income families and under-represented communities.  Accessibility to education is critical for many minority groups because they are less likely to restrain their children due to cultural and socio-economic factors.

The Keep ‘Em Safe program will fund a safety education campaign, including presentations on the proper installation and use of a child passenger restraint system for children of all ages.

For more information about the Keep ‘Em Safe program, contact the Pacific Safety Center at 858-621-2313 ext. 114 or 855-4-PSC-411 (toll-free).

 

José A. Álvarez is a communications specialist with the County of San Diego Communications Office. Contact