Driscoll celebrates Child Passenger Safety Week
September 25, 2013
(From left to right) Natalie Garcia, child passenger safety technician and Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Nurse at Driscoll, and Hazel Zepeda of Texas Department of Transportation helped perform car seat inspections during National Car Seat Check Saturday.
With the goal of educating parents and caregivers on correctly securing all children in the right car restraint for their ages and sizes, Driscoll Children's Hospital's Injury Prevention specialists took to the airwaves during Child Passenger Safety Week, Sept. 15 - 21.
Rounding out the informative week, Driscoll's Injury Prevention Program (IPP) and community partners participated in National Car Seat Check Saturday on Sept. 21. Despite rainy weather, they checked 51 car seats and spoke with parents about proper installation and usage of their children's car restraints.
For those who had improper or outdated car seats, Driscoll's IPP provided a replacement at no cost. Within the first hour, seven car seats were replaced, and by the end of the three-hour event, the IPP had given out 18 brand new car seats.
"Car seats are most effective when they are installed and used correctly," said Tiffany Collie, Injury Prevention specialist. "It's important for us to get the word out and let the community know that we offer car seat checks year-round by appointment, free of charge."
To schedule an appointment for a car seat inspection, call Driscoll's IPP at (361) 694-6700.