Grant funds car seats, education on how to safely use them
The Worth County Health Department will be able to continue promoting car seat safety among its families.
Its Car Seat Mini Grant was renewed for 2018 by the Governor's Office of Highway Safety and Department of Public Health. GOHS said the grant is currently in all 159 Georgia counties to help child passenger safety technicians check and educate about seat safety.
In Worth County, that money funds car seat education and the seats themselves, as the health department holds a monthly, one-hour class on seat safety.
Parents who take the class can be eligible to receive a free car seat, as long as they're also WIC, Medicaid or PeachCare eligible.
That program also allows them to have the seat replaced if it's been in an accident.
Child Passenger Safety Technician Kari Brown said you need to replace a car seat even after minor incidents, like fender benders.
"The straps may fail. The plastic or materials may break just because they are only tested for one crash so any force after that could damage the seat, which could cause damage to your child," she said.
If you'd like to sign up for the class in Worth County, call the Worth County Health Department at 229-777-2150. There is a $10 fee for taking the class.