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If you would like to become a member of the Safe Kids Coalition, please complete and return the membership application found on the last page of the information packet.

Florida Suncoast SAFE KIDS c/o Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital
501 6th Ave South
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
(727) 767-8581
Fax: 727-767-7331

Child Passenger Safety

Purpose

The Coalition conducts car safety seat checks and other occupant protection programming. Coalition member agencies staff permanent fitting stations so families can schedule an appointment for a car safety seat consultation. This service allows parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install a child restraint and to correctly restrain the child in the car seat.

The Coalition conducts car safety seat checks and other occupant protection programming. Coalition member agencies staff permanent fitting stations so families can schedule an appointment for a car safety seat consultation. This service allows parents and caregivers to learn how to properly install a child restraint and to correctly restrain the child in the car seat.

The Ultimate Car Seat Guide

Expecting a child can bring a whirlwind of information into new parents' lives. Just walking through a baby store or reading online on any child related topic can become very overwhelming. Parents and caregivers typically worry about their child well being and their safety. One of the best ways to protect a child while on the move is a car seat. Car seats can reduce a risk fatal injury from a car crash by 71 percent.  However, selecting the right seat can be a challenge. Each time we look at any car seat aisle we find an array of options. This does not end with babies, most children will either outgrow a car seat or will need to transition from rear-facing to forward facing or into a booster seat at some point in their lives. Parents and Caregivers often question when to change the car seat and which one is the best?
Car seat experts say that the best car seat is the one that fits your child, fits your car and you are able to use it correctly every time. 
Even though Safe Kids Florida Suncoast partners check car seats in many areas of the Greater Tampa Bay Area, caregivers now have an access to an electronic guide to help them select the correct seat for their child and provide safety tips about car seat use.
The ultimate car seat guide provides helpful tips to give parents a general idea of what they need to know to keep kids safe while riding in vehicles.
To gain a personalized knowledge to fit your and your child’s needs please visit:
www.UltimateCarSeatGuide.org
 
To ensure you are using your car seat correctly every time or for personalized help with installation please register for one of our car seat classes or checks by clicking following link. 

Attend a Car Seat Safety Check >>

Goals and Objectives

  • Safe Kids Coalition brings awareness to the need for car seat and booster seat usage and furthers education to the American Academy of Pediatrics best practice.
  • Car-seat check events scheduled during National Child Passenger Safety (CPS) Awareness Week in September. Since the General Motors Foundation is a Safe Kids Worldwide sponsor, many events are hosted by GM dealerships. Other dealerships and businesses host CPS events throughout the year.
  • To maintain and sustain quality child passenger safety technicians and technician instructors, the Coalition and the Occupant Protection Program at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital-conduct NHTSA certification CPS courses and technical updates.
  • Many children are seen in emergency rooms annually, resulting from injuries defined as "front-overs and back-overs." The Coalition distributes printed materials about this topic at events, pediatric health care providers and through press releases, TV/radio interviews, and other media outlets.
  • Heatstroke is the No. 1 cause of non-crash, vehicle-related death in young children. The coalition distributes printed materials at community venues, pediatric health care providers, TV/radio interviews and other social media outlets. Trained speakers are available for public events, workshops and in-services on the topic.
  • Compared with other age groups, motor vehicle crashes are higher for teen drivers and teens driving with other teens. Furthermore, teens have the lowest rate of seat belt use. Only 54% of high school students reported always wearing a seat belt when riding with someone else. For these reasons, Coalition members join the Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital Occupant Protection Program and trauma program in holding Battle of the Belts competitions between high schools.
  • The biggest risk for kids is riding or driving in vehicles-nothing kills more teens than motor vehicle crashes. That's why the Coalition conducts Countdown2Drive, an innovative new traffic safety program for 13 and 14 year-olds and their parents. This program helps families negotiate a custo mized Passenger Agreement that sets clear expectations for how teens should behave when riding in a vehicle.