ELLENTON — This article has been corrected from its original version.
Financially eligible families can get free child passenger safety seats from the Farmworker Health Program at the Ellenton Health Clinic, thanks to a mini-grant from the Office of Injury Prevention of the Georgia Department of Public Health.
“The car seat mini-grant program is a wonderful opportunity to help reduce the number of child deaths from crashes,” said Teresa Quintana, who is in charge of the car seat program for the clinic. “Along with providing car seats, we will educate parents and caregivers on how to properly install and use them.”
Car seats reduce fatal injuries in passenger cars by 71 percent among infants and by 54 percent among children ages 1 to 4 years, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
“Car seats offer the best protection for children in the event of a crash, and they are most effective when installed and used correctly,” Quintana said. “Unfortunately, three out of every four car seats are not properly used, which reduces their effectiveness.”
The clinic also offers car seat inspections to help ensure children receive full protection.
“We want to help families and caregivers buckle up children correctly for every trip, every time,” said Quintana.
The farmworker clinic is one of 140 counties participating in the mini-grant program, which is funded through the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety and the Maternal and Child Health Program. Ten health departments and the Ellenton clinic in the 14-county Southwest Health District are taking part in the program.
For more information about the car seat program, contact the Ellenton Farmworker Clinic.