Parents and caregivers are invited to join community leaders and safety experts at John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital – Outpatient Care, 3310 Lakeland Hills Blvd in Lakeland for a FREE car seat checkup.
The event is hosted by Safe Kids Florida Suncoast and State Farm to address one of the leading causes of death for children ages 1-12. Certified Child Passenger Safety Technicians will work directly with families to educate them on the proper installation and use of their car seats.
Date: Dec. 2, 2023
Time: 10 AM – 1 PM
Location: John Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Outpatient Care (parking lot) at 3310 Lakeland Hills Blvd in Lakeland
The event is part of the Good Neighbor Car Seat Safety Program, a new national initiative to increase access to education and resources, help inspire behavior change, and create a culture of safety for children and families. See attached flyer.
The statistics are telling:
● Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death for children ages 1-12 in the U.S.
● In 2021, one in three children under age 13 who died in a crash were unrestrained.
● Studies examining misuse among users of child car seats estimate that more than half of car seats are not used or installed correctly.
“A properly used and installed child safety seat can reduce the risk of injury by as much as 71 percent, but too many families do not have access to the education and safety devices that every child deserves,” said Petra Vybiralova Stanton, Safe Kids supervisor at Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital Children’s Hospital in St. Pete and Safe Kids Florida Suncoast coalition leader. “Buckling up every ride every time in the right safety seat is the single most effective way to protect a child.”
“With over 3.6 million children born in the U.S. every year (CDC), State Farm® is committed to helping kids stay safe From Car Seat to Driver’s Seat™,” says Jose Soto, State Farm Corporate Responsibility Analyst. “We’re excited to work with Safe Kids and have this opportunity to give more parents tools to keep their kids safe on the road.”
Before the end of 2023, the Good Neighbor Car Seat Safety Program will bring car seat checkup events to communities in 25 cities across the country.
About Safe Kids Worldwide®
Safe Kids Worldwide is a nonprofit organization working to reduce unintentional injuries to children ages 0-14 and build equitable and sustained systems that support injury prevention. Safe Kids works with strategic partners and an extensive network of more than 400 coalitions in the U.S. to reduce traffic injuries, drownings, sleep-related deaths, falls, burns, poisonings, and more. Since 1988, Safe Kids and its partners have contributed to a more than 60 percent reduction in the rate of fatal childhood unintentional injury in the U.S. Learn more at safekids.org.