UMC Foundation Kicks Off 3rd Year of El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program on National Seat Check Saturday

UMC and El Paso Health will be participating in "National Seat Check Saturday" to highlight the importance of car seat safety for El Paso families. The event will kick off a new program year for the El Paso Health Car Seat Safety Program and will be held on Saturday, September 21st from 10 am to 2 pm in the El Paso Health parking lot. The monthly events evaluate children for safe travel, provide child passenger safety education to parents/guardians and free car seats, if needed.

"We are excited to begin this third year of sponsorship with El Paso Health," said Carolyn Williams, Volunteer Corps Program Manager for UMC Foundation. "In addition to evaluating car seats, we will have music, popcorn, and family entertainment with Botoncito Jr. for the children and their families who attend," said Carolyn.

Click here to attend the monthly clinics: https://umcfoundationelpaso.org/car-seat-safety-program.html

Since the car seat safety program began in September of 2014, UMC Foundation has provided 3,531 new car seats to families in the El Paso community; 4,082 children have been evaluated for safe travel and 1,998 families have been instructed regarding child passenger safety education. 

Eye opening statistics:

* Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children under 14 in the United States. 

* Child safety seats reduce deaths nationally by 71% by infants and 54% for toddlers. 

* Among children under 5, an estimated 325 lives were saved in 2017 alone because they were properly buckled.

* From 2013 to 2017, there were 3,313 children under 13 killed while riding in passenger vehicles - 2017 was the first yearly decrease since 2014. But about 37% of those children killed in 2017 were not buckled up at all - these deaths are preventable. 

For more information, contact Carolyn Williams, UMC Volunteer Corps Program Manager, 915-521-7229, ext. 80528, cwilliams@umcelpaso.org.