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Jan. 13, 2016
 

Grant from Governor’s Office of Highway Safety enables Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department to continue child car seat inspections and training
Infant in a child safety seat
The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety has awarded highway safety grants in the amount of $37,586.20 to the Chandler Fire, Health & Medical (CFHM) Department. The grants will enable the Department to continue its Child Safety Seat Clinics program through Sept. 30, 2016.  Grant funds will be used to staff the clinics and to provide 150 child safety seats for families who cannot afford to purchase this lifesaving equipment on their own.
 
The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department offers car seat clinics most Saturdays from 9 a.m to noon at various locations in the city. Clinics are conducted by CFHM personnel who have been certified as child passenger seat technicians through SafeKids International.  The firefighters ensure each child is safeguarded in the appropriate seat for their age and weight, and they provide one-on-one instruction to caregivers on how to properly install and use their child’s car seat.
 
Motor vehicle injuries are a leading cause of death among children in the United States, due in large part to the nonuse or improper use of child seats and seat belts. The Chandler Fire, Health & Medical Department and the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety have partnered to safeguard Arizona’s most precious motor vehicle passengers for more than a decade. Since 2002, this partnership has enabled Chandler firefighters to protect the lives of more than 11,000 Arizona children by helping to ensure each child is properly secured when riding in a motor vehicle.
 
More information about Chandler Child Safety Seat Program, including the most up-to-date clinic schedule, can be found at chandleraz.gov/fire or by calling 480-782-2046.