Phoenix Children’s Center for Family Health and Safety has been awarded a grant by the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS). The funds, which total more than $36,000, will support the distribution of car seats, booster seats, helmets, and education for parents on protection from motor vehicle crash-related injuries.
Parent education and use of safety devices like car seats and helmets are critical components to protecting Arizona’s children from injury. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of preventable death for children in Arizona. In 2018, 74 children and teens died in motor vehicle crashes in Arizona.
The Center for Family Health and Safety encourages parents to:
- Ensure children are always secured in an appropriate restraint until age 8 or 4ft 9in tall.
- Make sure children are in rear-facing seats until children have reached the maximum weight and height limit of their rear-facing car seat
- Children remain in a forward-facing harness seat until age 5 and a booster seat until at least age 8. Graduating too early can be dangerous.
Throughout the year, the Center for Family Health and Safety offers free car seat classes and distributes bicycle helmets to the community. To register for a car seat class, call 602-933-3350.
For more information on The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Programs, please visit their website at http://www.azgohs.gov/.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital is Arizona’s only children’s hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals with rankings in all ten specialties. Phoenix Children's provides world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the hospital, visit http://www.phoenixchildrens.org.