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Health dpeartment offering child safety seats

POSTED: February 4, 2009 11:47 a.m.
The Liberty County Health Department received a 2009 grant from the Georgia Department of Human Resources, Division of Public Health to distribute child restraints and educational information to eligible parents.
The grant program is a collaborative effort with the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety that strives to prevent fatalities on Georgia’s roads.
“If a child under the age of 8 is not properly secured in an appropriate child restraint the risk of dying in a motor vehicle crash more than doubles for that child,” said Dr. Douglas Skelton, Coastal Health District  health director.
Motor vehicle-related incidents are the leading cause of death for children over the age of 1 in the country and in Georgia. Lack of appropriate restraint use, such as child restraints, booster seats and safety belts contribute significantly to this problem.  
For more information about protecting your child from preventable injuries, call Annie Washington at 876-2173,  ext. 218 or via email at awashington@dhr.state.ga.us.
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