Despite numerous public awareness campaigns on properly restraining children in motor vehicles and thousands of newly certified child passenger safety technicians nationwide, many children still ride unrestrained. Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related death among children age 19 and younger. Children’s of Alabama and its Safe Kids Alabama program offer a toll-free number that lists upcoming local child passenger checkup events in English and Spanish. When calling 1-800-441-1888, parents and caregivers can find out when and where a car seat checkup event is planned in their area. Parents and caregivers can also order a free video and brochure containing lifesaving child passenger safety information. Other Children’s-led initiatives include:
Car Seat Clinic: Children’s hosts a bi-weekly Car Seat Clinic to educate the general public. Attendees are educated about their personal car seat. Car seats are distributed to low-income families and checked for correct installation, weight and age limits, recall information and more.
Children’s is a presence at various health fairs and community events where staff provides child passenger safety education and information. Children’s provides booster seats at select events for appropriate age and weight children as grants allow.
Speaker Presentations: Speaker presentations are available by request, typically for the Department of Human Resources (transporters/foster parents), Head Start programs, elementary schools and other agencies that care for or transport children.
Special thanks to Alabama Department of Public Health, Alabama Department of Transportation, Kohl’s Cares