Nov. 20—It’s no secret that installing a car seat isn’t always the easiest task to master. In fact, three out of four car seats in the U.S. are not installed properly. However, education and resources can make a positive impact in helping more families get it right. One of the challenges is connecting parents and caregivers with customized opportunities to learn about child passenger safety. The good news is that starting today community members in Austin, Texas and the surrounding areas will have education come to them.
That’s because Austin is home to the first Buckle Up for Life Safety Lab, a new mobile interactive experience designed to educate families on child passenger safety. The program is funded through a grant to Austin-Travis EMS County (ATCEMS) from Buckle Up for Life, a national car seat safety program from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center (CCHMC) and Toyota.
“At Austin-Travis County EMS, we are always looking for innovative ways to reach community members, especially those in underserved communities who may not have the flexibility to attend classes outside of their neighborhoods,” said Randy Chhabra, Captain of Austin Travis County EMS. “One of the exciting things about the mobile Safety Lab is that it allows us to meet families where they are and deliver critical education and resources to help children stay safe in cars.”
The Lab will travel to neighborhoods across Austin and the surrounding counties, offering critical safety education and resources from multi-lingual certified child passenger experts and emergency medical professionals, including:
Video-based training, hands-on practice and one-on-one instruction;
Education on Texas’ child passenger safety laws;
Car seat checks to help families ensure their seats are installed correctly; and
Free car seats to families in need.
“We know that a properly installed car seat can mean the difference between life and death in the event of a crash,” said Corazon Eaton, CCHMC Program Manager. “That’s why initiatives like the Buckle Up for Life Safety Lab are so important. We want every family to be empowered with the education and resources they need to help keep their children safe.”
The mobile Safety Lab will reach families across nine counties in Central Texas, home to nearly 2 million people.
“Toyota launched Buckle Up for Life in 2004 with Cincinnati Children’s with a belief that community-based education could have a powerful effect on improving children’s safety. Since then, we’ve impacted more than 100,000 people nationwide, provided funding for more than 60,000 car seats to families in need and developed local partnerships in almost 200 cities,” said Al Smith, Group Vice President, Chief Social Innovation Officer. “The mobile safety lab can expand Austin-Travis County EMS reach and capacity to serve more people in need, helping to educate people throughout the region.”
Visit the Austin-Travis County EMS website for a schedule of upcoming events. For more information on how to help keep child passengers safe, please visit BuckleUpforLife.org to access helpful articles, car seat installation videos and more.
Disclaimer: The views, thoughts, and opinions expressed in the press release above belong solely to the company/vendor/author and do not necessarily reflect those of EMS World or HMP.